The Coen brothers have had several great collaborations over their quarter-century long career, but the one forged with John Goodman manages to be right near the top. Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, and O Brother, Where Art Thou? are great films (for the most part), and his performances in them fit accordingly. Brother, however, was their last time working together — and that was almost eleven years ago.
But this dry patch is coming to an end, with ShowBiz411 learning that Goodman will take a role in their upcoming picture, Inside Llewyn Davis. He’s joining a cast led by Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan; Justin Timberlake was at least offered a part, and the story also lists him as a cast member. No details on Goodman‘s character are available right now, but a history with the Coens leads me to think that they’re giving him a reasonably-sized role.
The actual film, as you’ve probably heard by now, follows Llewyn Davis (Isaac), who “struggles as a folk musician during the genre’s 1960s heyday in New York City.” Other characters include Jean (Mulligan) and her husband, folk musician Jim (Timberlake).
As you could probably glean from the first paragraph, I’m seeing the news of Goodman joining as stellar. There’s really nothing else I need to get excited for Inside Llewyn Davis, but his eventual performance is at least an extra thing to look forward to — so long as his past work under Joel and Ethan Coen is any indication.
How do you feel about Goodman joining Davis? Do you have a favorite performance of his from a Coen brothers movie?
(Brief note: I’m aware that he has a very brief cameo in The Hudsucker Proxy, but the role’s status as such means I don’t really count it.)
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