Examiner.com had the opportunity to speak with 'Inside Llewyn Davis' executive music producer and legendary musician T-Bone Burnett last night on September 28 at the New York Film Festival Premiere of the film.
Q: How did you come to work on the music for the film?
Well, this is the fourth film the Coen's and I have done together and it’s a period of time that’s very dear to my heart, the beatnik era, the Beat Generation, of which I consider myself a member of the Beat Generation.
Q: And what’s the highlight working on music for film?
Well, it’s incredibly rewarding to put image and music together. And the alchemy that takes place is like a special effect if you get it right. When the tone of the story and the story come together with the tone of the music and the story of the song—something happens. It’s like an explosion in a film. It’s like a special effect.
Q: And I think Justin Timberlake doing folk is kind of different. Can you speak about that?
Well, yeah, it’s not what you first think of when you see Justin. But you know what? He can do anything he wants to.
Q: And what makes Oscar Isaac the perfect lead for this film?
Well, in reality, there’s one else who could’ve done this. He was the one guy probably in the world that could play this well and sing this well—and do it live—and play a character that’s not the most lovable character in the world that you still pull for. It was pretty extraordinary.