May 7, 2016 – Hollywood, California, U.S. – OSCAR ISAAC as Poe Dameron in new movie ‘Star Wars The Last Jedi’ to release December 15, 2017. Oscar Isaac stars in X-Men Apocalypse (Credit Image: © Armando Gallo/ZUMA Studio)
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On Music: Oscar Isaac and Acting as Counterpoint

Golden Globe winner – and Guatemala-born- Oscar Isaac debuts this week as a producer with the thrilling dramatic account of the capture of Adolf Eichmann, the SS commander who masterminded the brutal extermination of six million Jews during World War II, The film, Operation Finale,  recounts the Argentinian capture from the POV of Mossad agent Peter Malkin (Isaac) who convinced Eichmann (Ben Kingsley) to sign his release from Argentina to stand trial in Israel. Oscar Isaac is an accomplished musician – his love for music was shown in the Cohen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis

“Absolutely it does,” he promptly replied.  “It’s like both from the same furnace in there that it comes out of, and particularly rhythm.  Working with Sir Ben Kingsley in those scenes, it felt like it was a duet. It felt like we were playing music together. It was counterpoint and sometimes at the same time and it really felt musical and rhythmic.  And I think that is how I approach everything, I feel the music of a scene and I feel the pauses, where there is a rest and where there is a beat and where it has to go kind of quickly and that is a very important thing for me.  And I feel like that is also how I learn lines and I think that is why I am so particularly drawn to Shakespeare because it feels like music, the rhythm of those things.  And there is information in the rhythm, character information.  So yeah, how the acting affects music, I think it’s trying to approach it with the same kind of honesty of not thinking when you are playing or singing a song, but really trying to find an honest emotion.’

Finding the truth?

“Yeah, that is the idea.”