Examiner.com was on the red carpet for the New York Film Festival premiere of the Coen Brothers film "Inside Llewyn Davis" on Saturday, September 28. Directors Joel and Ethan Coen were joined by T Bone Burnett (Executive Music Producer), Marcus Mumford (Associate Music Producer) and cast Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Stark Sands, Adam Driver, Jeanine Serralles, Max Casella and Alex Karpovsky. Musicians the Avett Brothers, Willie Watson, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings were also in attendance.
Carey Mulligan spoke about her role in the film.
Do you have anything in common with your character?
Carey Mulligan: I hope not—she’s horrible. [LAUGHTER] No, I think you’re meeting my character at a pretty difficult time in her life, so she’s not particularly pleasant. But no, not really. I didn’t and that’s sort of what I loved about her is this character is something so far away from anything I’ve gotten to play before. So, it was really great.
What was it like working with Justin Timberlake and with your husband?
Carey Mulligan: It was great working with Justin Timberlake. He’s brilliant. He’s such a good actor and obviously he can sing, which helps. I mean, he can hold a tune!
So can you.
Carey Mulligan: Thank you.
Are you a fan of ‘60s music?
Carey Mulligan: I am, yeah, and I got to sort of immerse in that world a little bit more, and spending time with T. Bone Burnett was amazing.
And you sing in this movie, are you going to make an album one day?
Carey Mulligan: I can say absolutely 1,000% never.
What made you choose this role to take it on?
Carey Mulligan: Oh, to be in a Coen brothers film. That’s every actor’s dream, so I’m incredibly honored to be a part of it.
Who are you wearing tonight?
Carey Mulligan: Alexander McQueen.
Garrett Hedlund also spoke to us about his role in the film.
So, tell me, what was it like collaborating The Coen Brothers?
Garrett Hedlund: It was a dream come true. it honestly was because, I mean, I grew up in Minnesota, so I’ve always wanted to work with them. I just never thought I would be able to work with them this soon, and especially on a film where my good buddy’s playing the lead. And he kills it—he’s got an amazing voice, he’s an amazing musician. He gets showcased as Oscar. It’s fantastic. Good man, him and I played father and son like five or six years ago, so it was great to re-team with him. It was a dream set.
Can you tell me what you love about that era of music?
Garrett Hedlund: It’s honesty, it’s the truth. These guys really sort of were able to dig into themselves and be able to sing honestly about the sort of painstaking trials and tribulations they’re going to just to sort of get a break and to spread their word and their talents, and that’s sort of essentially what this is about, you know, following the underdog in a way and rooting for ‘em.
What was the highlight of being a part of this film?
Garrett Hedlund: Man, being here. I mean, finishing it working with the Coens, first and foremost—I mean, they’re incredible—and to be here. We’re in New York where the film took place; was essentially loosely based after a guy that lived out here, Greenwich Village, doing this, and we’re here sort of showcasing it.