Hornby: Carey won't get bigger role
Nick Hornby has said despite the huge success Carey Mulligan is enjoying as a result of starring in An Education, she will never have a bigger role.
The British independent film, for which the About A Boy author wrote the screenplay, has stormed awards season but Nick feels the part is the most demanding the 24-year-old leading lady will ever have.
Nick said: "We knew this film would stand or fall on who we cast in this part, because I said to Carey before we started filming she'll get better parts, but she won't get bigger ones, she's on every single stage of that script.
He went on: "And even though we were confident that she's extremely talented we didn't anticipate all the fuss there's been about her or quite how magnetic she is in the film."
The writer said he had been taken aback by the awards success of the film.
He confessed: "We had no idea whatsoever. It's a small film, it was tough to get funded, it was tough to make, and our immediate objectives were getting it made and getting a distributor and everything that's happened to it since has been a real bonus and we've had quite a ride this last year."
Nick admitted while it was an honour to be nominated at the Baftas, he was excited about the Oscar nominations too.
He said: "To make a British independent film with a relatively low profile cast, fantastic cast but not big stars, and so to kind of gatecrash the Oscars is pretty meaningful too."