A Minute With: Oscar Isaac on the hustle of acting and 'Star Wars'

Wed Dec 31, 2014 8:07am EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - From playing a struggling folk musician to an ambitious heating oil entrepreneur, actor Oscar Isaac is all about the hustle.

After his breakout in 2013's "Inside Llewyn Davis," Isaac's profile is on the rise with roles in the upcoming "Star Wars" and "X-Men" films.

Isaac, 35, spoke to Reuters about the notion of ambition in his latest film "A Most Violent Year" and those pesky "Star Wars" questions.

Q: Did Abel Morales' ambitions in "A Most Violent Year" resonate with your own?

A: These tales of ambition are fascinating, and the rise to power, what power means. For me, I've never been interested in that, although ultimately it'd be great to find a story and be able to make it and to some extent, you do need a sense of power to be able to have that happen.

But what I'm trying to do is not be so goal-orientated, Abel is very goal-orientated. For me, it's less about a goal and more about a state of mind.

Q: Is there an aspect of "selling out" as you become more successful in your own career, and take on bigger roles?   Continued...

Cast member Oscar Isaac attends the world premiere of the film "A Most Violent Year" during AFI Fest 2014 in Los Angeles November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Phil McCarten