Mulligan: DiCaprio is so generous
Published 21/11/2011 | 13:12
Carey Mulligan has admitted she "freaked out" when she got the chance to work with Leonardo DiCaprio on The Great Gatsby.
The Shame star plays Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel, with Leonardo taking on the lead role of Jay Gatsby.
"Leonardo is the most incredible actor, on the planet, with a couple of people alongside him... I walked away from my audition for that and I couldn't believe that I'd been acting with him," she told Collider.
"I've worked with amazing people, but my friends freak out that I'm working with him. I freak out in a geeky acting way. They freak out in a starstruck way. He's Leonardo DiCaprio, and his fame is so big."
Carey revealed that despite the Titanic star's celebrity status, he was keen to help out during her audition for the role.
"We did 15 takes of one scene. He didn't really have much dialogue as Gatsby, and the camera was never on him, but he played three other characters. He'd say a line as Gatsby, and then he'd jump up and play Tom Buchanan.
"We were doing the scene with the cameras over my shoulder, and he was lighting a cigarette for me and looking at me. It was all me, and he didn't have any words, and he was improvising stuff to say, just to help me.
"I was like, 'Leonardo DiCaprio doesn't need to be helping me in this audition'. He was auditioning girls all day. I was so blown away by how generous he was, let alone being amazing to act with."