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Oscar Isaac: A Love Letter

By: Carolina del Busto

With his warm stare and iceberg-melting smile, Oscar Isaac captivates you entirely from the moment you look into his eyes. There’s an air about the man that makes you feel like he could be your best friend — if there wasn’t a computer screen in the way. Though we haven’t had the chance to stare into Isaac’s soul through his big brown eyes, we did get to appreciate his wide emotional range in the critically-acclaimed Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis.

Isaac plays the main character, a struggling singer who can’t seem to catch a golden break in New York City’s early sixties folk scene. The catch? That Llewyn Davis is neither a Dylan-type genius nor a very likeable person. But something in the way Isaac plays this walking mess of a man makes swoon and sigh every time he opens his mouth and sings. When he strums his guitar and closes his eyes, it’s as if the world melts away and you are overwhelmed with an urge to save him. No matter how many times Carey Mulligan’s character calls Davis an “asshole,” he’s just a burly puppy with the sweetest brown eyes to us.

Luckily for us, in reality Isaac is very different from his on screen counterpart, and whereas Llewyn rarely smiles, Oscar can always be found beaming. We’ve been sucked in by that smile, those eyes have left us hooked, and that talent makes us beg for more.

Keep making movies, man, and until the next one, we’ll just have the Inside Llewyn Davis soundtrack playing on repeat – fare the well, my honey.

Carolina del Busto is a freelance writer who is happy to call Miami her home. She hopes to one day pen the great Cuban-American novel, but until then she fills her time with excessive television viewing, book reading and movie watching.