“I had a lot of long speeches. I started hearing a voice,” Goodman said during an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, discussing his method of getting into character. “It was happening organically. I learned to trust the process as it happened.”
“Inside Llewyn Davis,” which opens in Atlanta on Dec. 20, is the latest Coen project to feature Goodman; he also appeared in “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Barton Fink” and “Raising Arizona,” among others.
Goodman also has kept busy in Atlanta’s ever-growing filming scene, with roles in “Trouble With the Curve,” a baseball-themed movie with Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams and his “Llewyn” co-star Timberlake; “Flight,” the drama for which Denzel Washington earned an Oscar nomination; and “The Internship,” a comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn.
“The film industry’s hopping down there,” he said.
Goodman was excited to collaborate with the Coens again and intrigued by his memorable yet sparsely drawn character, who blows in and out of the movie like a storm cloud.
“It makes the audience wonder about it on their way home,” he said of the unorthodox project. “You flesh it out for yourself.”
So what of his furry co-star?
“I only had to deal with the cat once,” he chuckled. “He was a well-behaved cat. He was a good kitty.”