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Isaacs is glad he missed out on Bourne role

1 of 1 Oscar Isaacs and Justin Timberlake in Inside Llewyn Davis
Oscar Isaacs and Justin Timberlake in Inside Llewyn Davis

Oscar Isaacs has said not being cast in The Bourne Legacy was the best form of bad luck as losing out on that role led him to star in Inside Llewyn Davis.

Speaking to Express.co.uk Isaacs discussed how close he came to taking over from Matt Damon in the Bourne series, with the role then going to Jeremy Renner: "Tony [Gilroy, director of The Bourne Legacy] was very interested in me playing the role and said he would bat for me with the studio.

"I did a 12 hour screen test and we talked so much about the part. But two weeks later I got a call from Tony saying, 'It's not going to happen because the studio just can't take that chance on an unknown commodity.' That was pretty hard because it felt like everything was happening."

He continuedP: "If I had, I couldn't have done Inside Llewyn Davis and this is a movie that I prepared 34 years for. So sometimes good luck comes in the form of bad luck."

Inside Llewyn Davis is the latest movie from the Coen Brothers and also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Justin Timberlake. It's in cinemas nationwide now.

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