The cast and characters of O Brother, Where Art Thou are listed below. The eighth movie directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly known as the Coen Brothers, is titled “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” The comedy-drama film, which was released in 2000, is a loose adaptation of the epic poem The Odyssey by the great Greek poet Homer, moving the narrative from ancient Greece to the American South during the end of the Great Depression.
The critically acclaimed film O Brother, Where Art Thou? garnered two Academy Award nominations and produced one of the finest soundtracks in recent memory. Here is a list of the main characters and actors in O Brother, Where Art Thou, which also stars many of the well-known actors the Coen Brothers are renowned for frequently working with, such as George Clooney and John Goodman.
Ulysses Everett McGill and George Clooney
Ulysses Everett McGill, played by George Clooney, is a charming con man with a flair for gab who serves as the de facto leader of the film’s jailbird characters. Since O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Clooney has starred in three other Coen Brothers productions.
Pete Hogwallop and John Turturro
Pete Hogwallop, Everett’s runaway companion, is loyal to a fault despite being rough on the outside and prone to furious outbursts.
John Turturro, another actor who frequently works with the Coen Brothers and is most known for portraying Jesus Quintana in their classic black comedy The Big Lebowski, plays the role of him.
Delmar O’Donnell and Tim Blake Nelson
Delmar O’Donnell, Everett and Pete’s collaborator, is portrayed by Watchmen actor Tim Blake Nelson. Delmer is the most moral of the three, despite his lack of intelligence and good nature.
Although he collaborated with the Coens once more on the 2018 film The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs, O Brother, Where Art Thou? was Nelson’s debut Coen Brothers film.
King, Chris Thomas – Johnson, Tommy
Everett, Pete, and Delmar encounter Tommy Johnson, a gifted blues musician, while traveling, and Chris Thomas King, a musician, and actor, plays him. In the movie, he sings “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues,” a song by Skip James that is also on the Grammy-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
John Goodman – Daniel “Big Dan” Teague
From Barton Fink to The Big Lebowski, John Goodman has played a number of the Coen Brothers’ best parts. He also plays Daniel “Big Dan” Teague in the cast of O Brother, Where Art Thou? Big Dan is a one-eyed scam artist and KKK member who pretends as a Bible seller.
With Penny Wharvey-McGill, Holly Hunter
Penny Wharvey-McGill, played by Holly Hunter, completes the primary O Brother, Where Art Thou? cast. When Everett was in jail, Penny, his ex-wife, married a new man who was more stable, and she hid his absence by informing their girls that dad had been struck by a train.
O Brother, Where Art Thou Scenes
The Klan rally is the film’s most powerful scene (complete with a Klansman whose eye patch means he needs only one hole in his sheet). The Coens are successful in making the ceremony’s choreography appear both foreboding and silly at the same time, halfway between Busby Berkeley and “Triumph of the Will.”
Another scene is so eerie in its own way that it almost brings the play to a close. The incident happens when the fugitives see three women doing their laundry in a river. It’s the Sirens, of course. They move in a slightly slower motion while singing “Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby,” and the result is, well, what it’s supposed to be: fascinating.
Another moment almost draws the play to a stop since it is so unsettling in its own way. Three ladies are seen doing their laundry in a river by the assailants, which leads to the event. It is, of course, the Sirens. They sing “Didn’t Leave Nobody But the Baby” while moving in a significantly slower motion, and the effect is, well, intriguing.
Even while each of these scenes is fantastic in its own unique manner, I still felt unsure and unsatisfied after watching the film. I went back to see it a second time and still felt the same way afterward. I don’t expect every movie have a narrative to hold our attention from start to finish, and in fact, “The Big Lebowski,” the Coens’ earlier movie, has a charm that comes from the way its drunken hero loses track of the plot of his own life. However, the song “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” I had the impression that invention had been cast off and that several brilliant ideas were perplexed as to why they had all been invited to the same movie.
The Coen brothers become recognized as one of the really innovative forces in American amateur filmmaking with the release of their wild and woolly comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou. By the way, T-Bone Burnett deserves praise for the brilliant hillbilly music that drives this wild trip.