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January 02, 2014 at 04:09 PM EST

And it wasn’t for the role of the cat.

In a new Interview Magazine Q&A, Conor Oberst and Oscar Isaac hop on the phone to discuss various facets of the well-received Coen brothers movie Inside Llewyn Davis — including the fact that Oberst himself auditioned to be the star.

“I know I told you this when we met, but I tried out for your role in Inside Llewyn Davis,” Oberst says to Isaac. “And thank God for everyone that I didn’t get it. But they auditioned a lot of musicians and actors for this part, to the point where I heard the Coen brothers and T Bone Burnett say that they had more or less given up on the idea of finding someone. And then you appeared.”

Interesting! How different would the movie have been if the onetime king of the “Emoha” scene had the title role? And would he have “Roar”ed for Jimmy Fallon?

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