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Carey Mulligan on her tricky character in The Great Gatsby

In issue 206 of Total Film magazine , we talk to Carey Mulligan about her biggest role to date in Baz Luhrmann’s lavish restaging of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby .

Mulligan shot to Bafta-winning, Oscar-nominated insta-fame with her star-making role in An Education , but since then she’s thrown off the English rose shackles with Drive and Shame .

You can read the full feature inside the issue (available for just £1.99 on your iPad ), but for now, here’s a teaser of what she had to say about essaying Gatsby ’s leading lady:

“Daisy is kind of a tricky character, because she contradicts herself constantly, but she’s also not very consistently laid out. She’s eccentric, but seems to feel things passionately, but not necessarily for very long.”

On the size of the film, Mulligan added:

“This is the biggest film I’ve ever been in. The scale of it is huge in comparison to all the films I’ve done.

“The party scenes [ Baz Luhrmann ] directs through a megaphone. And he speaks personally to all of the dancers and the extras. So the parties look so wild because he’s the one who is riling them up and everyone has such a good time.”

The Great Gatsby opens in the UK on 16 May 2013.

For much more from Carey Mulligan, pick up issue 206 of Total Film magazine, which is on sale now.

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