‘The Card Counter’s Oscar Isaac Says Director Paul Schrader Gives Actors “A Treasure Chest” Of Behaviors To Play – Contenders New York

Oscar Isaac The filmmakers had been waiting a long time to work with Paul Schrader, and card counter, he got a much-anticipated opportunity to portray an antihero directly in the mold of the writer-director’s signature works, which include Taxi Driver, Light Sleeper And Improved first.

“My relationship with Paul has lasted for many years,” Isaac told moderator Dominic Patton in Deadline Contenders New York on Saturday. “My first audition was for Paul at a small black box theater in the valley for a movie that never ended. I got the role, but unfortunately it didn’t – and we kept in touch.”

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card counter Follows William Tell (Isaac), a military interrogator turned card player who is haunted by his past. Her sobriety existence on the Casino Trail is shattered when she is approached by Cirque (Tye Sheridan), a frail and angry young man, who plans to take revenge on a military colonel (Willem Dafoe) from both his past. Asking for help to give. Tell sees a chance of redemption through his relationship with Cirque and leads him on the road, but keeping Cirque on the straight and narrow proves impossible, and Tell is pulled back into the darkness of his past. Is. Tiffany Haddish plays a mysterious backer looking to add Tail to his stable of card sharks.

Oscar Isaac in ‘The Card Counter’
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Isaac said of his character, “I think the thing I most relate to with most of Paul’s writing is the feeling of being an outsider.” “Paul has always been an outsider: He’s subversive, he’s that kind of punk rock — he complains about it, but he stays true to that point. He makes these little movies, those dark goes places, he tells really challenging stories with challenging characters. And he does it in his own way, and there’s something about it that I really connected with.”

Isaacs said that he “liked to be able to be one of these iconic characters who, as Paul writes, are these people alone in a room wearing a mask and the mask is their profession, whether it’s a man who drives a taxi.” Or is it a guy who counts cards and plays poker. What’s he hiding? What’s he doing, waiting, living this really dark, gloomy existence? And you know him. “

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Isaac described how Schrader used the dominant techniques of his writing to great effect in the genre, and to the great enthusiasm of his actors.

“Paul talked about what kind of voiceover he’s famous for, how it’s like this straight line across the audience,” he said. “So because of that, it allows the actor to play with really a lot of restraint and suspense. And then he reveals this thing about himself: You know there’s something dark, there’s something dark. It seems he plays with the idea: ‘Do you lose the audience completely? Can you still find a way to connect?’ …that’s pretty much what Paul gives to an actor, as he gives a whole treasure trove of treats to investigate.

As the character of Isaac is slowly shaken by his self-imposed purging existence, the actor explores the tiniest details, including taking a cursive-writing course in William’s inclination toward journaling with military precision. Was. “It’s just so much fun to play with an actor, the kind of subtle-movements, micro-expressions that betray this silent, guarded person.”

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And like many of Schrader’s central characters, a punishable crime is present at the core, Isaacs said. “You’re looking at someone who’s been hurt by his own actions, right. Not that he’s a victim of his own actions. And he knows it. He was hurt by what he did to others.” And he won’t let that go. And that guilt—this is Paul Schrader, who grew up a Calvinist. And he says, ‘You’re born guilty, and you only get guilty and guilty.’ And that’s something I can really relate to.”

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