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Oscar Isaac on his role in "A Most Violent Year"

Oscar Isaac plays Abel Morales in
Oscar Isaac plays Abel Morales in "A Most Violent Year."

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The new film "A Most Violent Year" stars actor Oscar Isaac as Abel Morales - a successful immigrant who owns a lucrative home heating oil company who's gifted at closing deals, and convincing people to close deals with him. 

The movie's set in New York in the winter of 1981 - when crime has spiked in the city. Corruption runs rampant and Abel finds it challenging to stay ahead while playing by the rules. In real life, Isaac was just a baby back in '81, and living in Guatemala. Alex Cohen recently spoke with Isaac about playing Morales and how he prepared himself to relate to this chapter of American history.