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Carey Mulligan Confesses She Didn’t Love Her Work in ‘The Great Gatsby’

Carey Mulligan Confesses She Wasn’t Thrilled With Her Work in ‘The Great Gatsby’

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Carey Mulligan confesses that she has doubts about her 2013 performance as Daisy Buchanan in the tentpole “The Great Gatsby.”

“I didn’t love my work in ‘Gatsby,’” Mulligan says about the Baz Luhrmann spectacle that grossed $351 million worldwide. “I’m not sure if I slight kind of lost my way because I was intimidated by the scale of it. I think I might have been overawed by my experience and intimidated by the level of performances around me.”

She continued, “It was how big it was and how visual it was. I definitely felt there were fleeting moments where I really found the character and then I felt like I lost her a little bit. I’ve never been wholly thrilled about my work in it.”

Mulligan beat out every actress in Hollywood when she nailed an audition with Leonardo DiCaprio to play Daisy. “It was almost like this ‘America’s Got Talent’ casting thing around the role,” she says. “And then it was the expectation of playing the part.”

She crammed non-stop about the 1920s and author F. Scott Fitzgerald. “I love the character so much and I spent so much time preparing,” she says. “It might not have translated onto the screen. I think I let my own security get in my own way. In that respect, I wish I could do it again.”

On the other hand, it’s notoriously hard translating a Fitzgerald character into film. “It was just a tricky one,” Mulligan says. “Maybe I tried to put too many things in and they ended up blurring. And maybe I could have been more specific. I found the world so fascinating in Zelda and Ginevra King” — the socialite who is believed to be Fitzgerald’s muse — “and everything around F.Scott Fitzgerald and their relationship.”…Source

The Great Gatsby
2013 ‧ Drama film/Romance ‧ 2h 23m
Midwest native Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton). Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and — as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits — pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.
Release date: May 10, 2013 (Canada)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
Box office: 351 million USD
Budget: 105 million USD
Awards: Academy Award for Best Costume Design
Critic reviews
Baz Luhrmann is a polarizing director. Full review

S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
Those looking for something more sophisticated (but no less visually entertaining ) than the average summer blockbuster, Great Gatsby 3D offers a mix of old Hollywood grandeur and new Hollywood edge.Full review
Kofi Outlaw
Screen Rant
Despite DiCaprio’s prize performance, purists will fume, but even as lit-crashing razzle-dazzle entertainment Luhrmann’s adaptation is a candelabrum too far. Full review

Ian Nathan
Empire
Some will find that this fresh-faced Baz Luhrmann/Leonardo DiCaprio movie infuses the classic book with new life. That may be good. But is it a great Gatsby? Full review
Paul Asay
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CatheterC0wb0y: I don’t really blame Carey on this. If you watched the trailers you could tell this director was gonna throw most substance with this film out the window in favor of some very weird “1920s in the 2010s” style. While the movie isn’t flat out horrible, it is incredibly convoluted to the point that it doesn’t really know if it wants to take itself 100% seriously.

HenroTee: I didn’t love the film, but I don’t remember anything negative about her performance. I guess you are your own worst critic. Though I do wish she did more bigger and out there films and it’s a shame Gatsby turned her off from doing them. She is a phenomenal actress and she was kinda the “it” girl around 2011-2013.

BottledTales: Hm, that’s interesting. I personally really loved her in The Great Gatsby. I got the similar feel about her as I did about Daisy while reading the book, so no complaints from me.

Boxxcars: I thought she was a great Daisy. She deserved a better adaptation.

Delta_Assault: I confess I’d have to agree.

Daisy needs a sort of entrancing quality that makes you want to be with her, even though she’s ultimately a shallow rich girl who doesn’t have much in the way of thoughtful ideas. That magnetism that makes you see what Gatsby sees in her. Obviously, she’s symbolic of wealth and money, that’s what any literary analysis tells you about the book. But her in person also needs that kind of entrancing glamor and beauty and spirit that can connect to an audience, in place of just this idea of money. That takes a special kind of quality.

_DiscoNinja_: Actors should follow Bob Hoskins example. He waited over 20 years to shit on Super Mario Bros.

NYPD-BLUE: I loved this movie and believe Mulligan and DiCaprio were amazing together.

MBAMBA0: She was badly miscast.

Daisy should be around Gatsby’s age and more of a glamorous beauty – while very pretty, Mulligan was too young and girlish.

It may be a cliche to cast Kate Winslett with Dicaprio, but she would have been good, or Angelina Jolie.

pooroldben: I actually think Leo wasn’t great in this either, and I’ve never really been a fan of Toby Maguire. But concede I think the overall fault is with the director. I wish he could have put some of the magic of strictly ballroom into it.

AndalusianGod: For me, the only glaring fault of The Great Gatsby movie was the awful soundtrack produced by Jay-Z.

golbezexdeath: Neither were we.

MikeArrow: She was miscast to begin with. Seeing her underneath Gatsby’s narration really highlighted how she doesn’t fit the description of the character at all.

Sgt_Funky: i hate when actors do this, i prefer when they stand by their work

rupertdyland: All she can play is posh english people. Like most private school actors and actresses. Anything out of their comfort sound they melt.

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