Oscar Isaac has confessed being cast in Joel and Ethan Coen's new film Inside Llewyn Davis is the shot at the big time he has been waiting for for years.
the 33-year-old actor stars alongside Justin Timberlake and Carey Mulligan in the film, which has just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, about a folk musician working in the New York in the 60s, desperately trying to get his big break, but never actually quite making it.
"I finally got the shot," Oscar said. "And I got it in this context, which is more than I honestly could have ever imagined for myself.
"I said: I have to get a shot at this movie because I feel like my 33 years of life have been preparing me to do something like this."
The actor has had supporting roles in Madonna's directorial debut W.E. and Nicolas Winding Refn's critically acclaimed Drive, but this is his first leading major role.
He revealed: "I remember when I was getting out of school, I was like, 'If they just gave me one shot. If they gave me the one shot, oh man, I know I can do it.'
"Then I got my first movie and it came and it went, and I was like, 'If they just gave me one more shot, just another shot.' Then I started getting work, and I realised it's not about that. It's not about the shot. It's about work.
"Why this movie is so personal - I think to all of us - is because of the recognition that it just as easily can go the other way," said Oscar. "There's very few geniuses that are shooting across the sky like Shakespeare or Dylan. The rest of us, it's like you have to work and be talented, but you got to be lucky for a lot of this stuff to happen."
The Coen brothers also revealed they had almost given up finding someone to play the role until they met Oscar.
"It just didn't happen until he walked in the room," said Joel Coen. "There was a point at which we wondered if we'd written something that was essentially impossible to cast."