With the impending UK release of Never Let Me Go, the hauntingly enigmatic movie based on Kauzo Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel of the same name, here is an interview with Carey Mulligan who stars as the adult Kathy and the story’s narrator, a human clone and carer whose lifelong friendship with Keira Knightley’s Ruth and Andrew Garfield’s Tommy lies at the core of what’s a haunting love story and a devastating and desolate meditation on life and death and the loss of innocence. Never Let Me Go hits cinemas nationwide 11th February 2011. The film was released on DVD in the US Febuary 1st.
You’re a fan of not only of the book, Never Let Me Go, but of Kazuo Ishiguro’s writing in general, aren’t you?
Never Let Me Go is my favourite of Ishiguro’s novels, but I sort of love everything he’s written. It’s the lack of sentimentality and these unreliable narrators he creates, these people who can’t say exactly how they feel and so they reveal themselves without knowing. Everything he talks about is so small and beautiful and detailed and never sort of forces you into any sort of emotion but it’s completely overwhelming in spite of that.
I read [Never Let Me Go] in 2006 and then I read the script last year. Then it went away, like English films do, but then it came back in. She’s 31 in the book and I thought, that’s really annoying, I won’t be able to play her for ages and if they do a film soon I won’t ever get to play Kathy [because] I genuinely wanted to play it from the minute I read the book. But they moved it down to 26 in the script [and] it’s all worked out rather well for me.
What did you think of Alex Garland’s script when you first read it?
The minute I read [Kathy’s] voiceover I was sort of in. It was so beautiful and was exactly what Ishiguro wrote. The script’s so faithful to the book.
For months we’ve heard that Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrman has been workshopping an adaptation the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic The Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. Then there was a hotly contested casting search for the role of Daisy, with the role eventually going to Carey Mulligan. Finally, Luhrman mentioned he might shoot the film in 3D.
Now Luhrman, who has only directed four films since 1992, isn’t even sure he’s going to make the film. A final decision will be made by the end of the week.
Vulture caught up with the director at the Director’s Guild of America awards and asked him about the latest on The Great Gatsby.
I gotta make a decision in three days’ time [on] whether to do it or not.
But hasn’t he been working on the film for a long time?
I think I’ve been a bit shaded out because I want everything to be perfectly positioned on it, there will be news by the end of the week.
While Luhrman is the kind of perfectionist who probably would throw away an incredible cast and screenplay, in addition to the rights which he owns, I don’t think he will. He’s probably just saying this kind of thing as a bargaining chip so he can get a better deal. I know if I was a movie studio, and I had DiCaprio, Maguire and Mulligan all ready to go, and I heard my director was being flaky, I’d pay him what he wanted in order to get the project done.
If the project does come together by the end of the week, it wouldn’t be able to start for a few months anyway as DiCaprio is getting ready to shoot J. Edgar with Clint Eastwood.
It’s the day of the premiere and confusion reigns inside the London hotel. TV cables are snaking down the corridors, photographers stand in huddles and the doors keep opening and shutting like a Feydeau farce. The press minders, meantime, have turned harried and irritable. “What time are we leaving, Jane?” barks one to the other. “It’s Kate,” Kate snaps back.
In all the hubbub it takes me a moment to register Carey Mulligan, hiding out on a window-seat with her back to the light. Her blond bob is scrunched, her make-up applied. At first glance, she might be a 14-year-old trying to pass for 18 at the local nightclub. Then she gets to her feet and is instantly transformed, looming 5ft 10in in her tottering heels. Her voice is in her boots; rich and deep, at least three octaves lower than it ought to be. Everything about her is quietly confounding.
In the course of a hectic six-year career, Mulligan has conspired to look both young and old, plain and beautiful. She was flyweight and mousy as Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice, grave and soulful as Ada Clare in the BBC production of Bleak House; impishly vulnerable in her Oscar-nominated breakthrough in An Education, a broken bird when she played The Seagull on Broadway. I can’t tell whether she’s a wizened, watchful Miss Marple in the guise of a limpid ingénue, or the other way around. “I have a very forgettable face,” she explains ruefully. “I don’t look specific.”
Glee‘s executive producer Ryan Murphy has revealed that he would love Carey Mulligan to appear on the show.
In a previous Vogue interview, Mulligan suggested that she was interested in a cameo but was considered “not famous enough”.
However, Murphy told People: “I thought [her comment] was sort of funny because I love her, and I would definitely 100% put her on the show… I actually saw her not too long ago and I said, ‘You’re famous enough’. She blushed. She’s very sweet.”
However, Murphy explained that there are no plans to create a guest role for Mulligan just yet.
“We’re not writing anything for her [right now] because I think she is busy with a couple of projects,” he said. “But I do love her.”
Carey Mulligan is returning to the New York stage this spring — and she’ll be losing her mind.
The elfin star of An Education is set to star in an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s 1961 film, Through a Glass Darkly. The adaptation is set to premiere off-Broadway starting May 13.
The 25-year-old actress will play an intense young woman harrowed by psychiatric illness who spirals out of control while on holiday with her husband, father and brother.
Jokes the Oscar-nominated star: “Everyone wants to play someone with a problem.”
The play will be at the Atlantic Theater Company. The rest of the cast will be announced later.
I just wanted to share with you a couple of inspiring quotes from Carey’s current Elle UK interview – I think it’s lovely to see our favourite girl embracing natural looking bodies!
Carey Mulligan has a thin figure to begin with so it is hard to imagine, but she recently had to lose weight for her role in An Education, an Oscar nominated film.? It is certainly an experience that Carey does is not wishing to repeat in the future.
Weetabix for breakfast, soup for lunch and salad for dinner. ‘No, I will not have that glass of wine! Put that pizza away!’ It was not fun. I look back and it’s really, really not worth depriving yourself,” says the star.
Weetabix is a whole bran biscuit that is commonly served like cereal over milk.? It can be served hot or cold and with or without other adaptations such as fruit or sugar, although it is doubtful Carey was adding sugar.
Even though Carey went on this diet for the sake of her movie character, she would not recommend anyone doing it.? She wasn’t even pleased with the results once she saw the movie for herself.
I was very thin at the beginning of ‘An Education’ and I remember the scene where I’m dancing and you can see my spine. Yuck,” Mulligan reveals. “I would never want to be so thin that someone would think it was a good idea to be thin, and make themselves miserable.”