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‘Two Faces of January’ Actor Learned Greek in Four Months for Role

Oscar Isaac in "Two Faces of January"
Oscar Isaac in “Two Faces of January”

As the Greece-based thriller “Two Faces of January” begins premiering around the world, the stars of the film are opening up about their roles and shooting the film on-location.

In a recent interview, Oscar Isaac, who plays a Greek-speaking American tour guide in “Two Faces of January,” says he was dedicated to learning the language but only had four months to get a handle on it. With such a short time to prepare for the role, Isaac turned to a popular language-learning software.

“I just did it phonetically. I did a little bit of the Rosetta Stone just to get a basic understanding. I did, at the time, as much as I could in like, four months,” he told WENN.

Based on a 1964 novel by Patricia Highsmith, the plot revolves around a con artist who accidentally kills a private detective that tracked him down from the U.S. to Athens. On the run with his wife and a young American, they travel through the Greek islands and Istanbul. The getaway unleashes betrayal, deception, and one of the three will die. The ensemble cast features Isaac, Viggo Mortensen and Kirsten Dunst.

Partially filmed in Athens and Crete during the summer of 2012, “Two Faces of January” recently had its UK premiere, and is scheduled to roll out in theaters around the world through October.

Check out the trailer below:


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