F. Murray Abraham is one of the finest and most prolific actors working today. His screen career has spanned over 40 years and he’s been in over 100 productions in film and television. He’s worked with directors like Guillermo del Toro, Brian de Palma, Wes Anderson (in the upcoming The Grand Budapest Hotel), and Milos Forman, in whose movie Amadeus Abraham won a Best Actor Oscar. The venerable screen presence has added another couple of heavy-hitting directors to his list in the form of the Coen Brothers in their movie Inside Llewyn Davis, now playing nationwide. In it, Abraham plays the record producer in Chicago who can literally make or break the career of Oscar Isaac’s titular folk singer. We spoke to Abraham about working with the Coen Brothers, about people who’ve blocked doors for him, about his regular role on Showtime’s Homeland, and even about his memorable turn as the villain Ru’afo in Star Trek: Insurrection.
NERDIST: This is the first film you’ve made with Joel and Ethan Coen, but this isn’t the first time you’ve worked with them, right?
F. MURRAY ABRAHAM: No, I’ve done six plays for Ethan.
N: How was your experience working with them on film?
FMA: As far …read more