Oscar Isaac set to simmer in 'A Most Violent Year'

November 7, 2014 1:05 PM

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About midway through 2013, director J.C. Chandor began dropping by the Williamsburg home of actor Oscar Isaac. Chandor had written a script for a film about an up-by-his-bootstraps Latino immigrant who ran a heating-oil company, setting the movie in the urban Wild West of early 1980s New York.

The character was a complex mix of upstanding and corner-cutting, and Chandor, an effusive sort, would take walks with Isaac and excitedly describe his vision, pointing out fuel tankers and other vestiges of the neighborhood's industrial landscape.

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