New film role helped Oscar Isaac cope with grief of mother's death

21st Apr 17 | Entertainment News

Oscar Isaac ensured his late mother saw his new movie The Promise before her death.

Oscar Isaac

Oscar Isaac's latest role as a bereaved husband in romantic epic Life Itself helped him process the grief of his mother's death.

The Inside Llewyn Davis star's mother Maria, became seriously ill in October last year (16), with the actor taking time off from work to nurse her in what turned out to be the final few months of her life.

Although the 38-year-old found it difficult to return to acting, the fact his first shoot after her passing required him to play a recently widowed husband, in Dan Fogelman's sweeping collection of love stories, helped him come to terms with losing his beloved mum.

"It was my first thing back, and we shot here in New York," he told British newspaper The Guardian. "I was very nervous about it because I was like: 'I don't know if I can get it up for anybody.' You know? Or if I want to, and it ended up being so necessary in much the way that I said to you - the mirroring my own life. It's very dark and yet I found joy in it."

Despite being one of Hollywood's most in demand stars, after his mother became ill Oscar decided to turn down work in favour of nursing his ailing mum.

"I was really fortunate to be able to just be with her the entire time and not be off on some set somewhere," he explained. "At first, we didn't know how ill she was, and she didn't either, but as things progressed, it was much easier to say no to things. At a certain point, it was like, clearly: 'I'm not going to be doing anything.'"

Before his mother passed away in February (17) the star made sure she saw an early cut of his new movie The Promise, a love story set against the backdrop of the Armenian Genocide, which saw more than one million ethnic Armenian residents of the Ottoman Empire killed between 1915 and 1923.

"It's like a great movie for moms," Oscar said. "I have to say when I first watched it, I said: 'I think moms are really going to like the movie. I showed it to her, and sure enough, she's like: 'I love it, Oscar. I love it.'"

The Promise debuts in cinemas from Friday (21Apr17), while Life Itself is due to hit cinemas next year.

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