Friday 20 October 2017

Carey Mulligan's race for role

Carey Mulligan persuaded a director to change the race of one of his characters because she was desperate to play the part
Carey Mulligan persuaded a director to change the race of one of his characters because she was desperate to play the part

Carey Mulligan persuaded the director of her latest film to change the race of her character, because she was so keen to play the part.

The 25-year-old British actress was a fan of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's films Bronson and Valhalla Rising, and so auditioned for the part of a single mother in his new drama Drive, despite the role being written for a Latin woman in her late 20s.

Carey told The Los Angeles Times: "My agent said, 'It's a Latina woman in her late 20s, and you should just read it.' So I went and met [Refn], trying to persuade him that he should let me do it."

The Wall Street 2 star was clearly persuasive as the part has now been re-written to that of a white, Los-Angles born mother in the film which also stars Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks.

Carey - who won an Oscar nomination for her role as a bright schoolgirl shunning her university future for a glamorous life on the London party scene in An Education - is anxious to play a variety of roles.

She said: "I didn't work from 'Wall Street' [wrapping] until about a month and a half ago.

"It's funny, because the whole awards thing took me up until March, so it sort of felt like I was working even though I wasn't.

"I feel a little bit less afraid of everything. Taking the year off was great in terms of figuring out what kind of stuff I wanted to do. [I'm] trying not to repeat myself and trying to find different characters."

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