. Llewyn, our antihero, drifts from apartment to apartment over perhaps a week, his search for money and a couch introducing us to new characters along the way. There's his wizened, penny-pinching agent, Mel (Jerry Grayson), a hunched-over Jewish man with a tottering secretary (the two of them comically bicker in a burst of dialogue that exemplifies the Coens' writing). There's sunny, ever-polite Troy Nelson (Stark Sands), a private on leave from Fort Dix who sheds his Army duds to sing folk music (he, Jim, and Jean harmonize during a rendition of "Five Hundred Miles" at the Gaslight). There's vociferous yet sleepy Roland Turner (John Goodman), a snarling jazz musician cruising to Chicago with a near-mute valet (Garrett Hedlund) who only breaks his silence to recite Beat poetry. And there are the Gorfeins (Ethan Phillips and Robin Bartlett), an academic couple who always welcome Llewyn to stay overnight or for dinner in exchange for showing off "their folk-music friend" to their rotating cast of dinner guests.