Monday, 18 October 2010

Carey Mulligan


Carey Mulligan was fantastic in An Education (2009) a proper old-school British actress, pretty, posh and untouchable like Julie Christie and Sarah Miles but brand spanking new, crisp and crease free. She was also fortunate enough to be the star of the best ever episode of Doctor Who. As Sally Sparrow, Mulligan was the first to encounter the infamous Weeping Angels, almost carrying the entire episode on her precious little shoulders whilst the then Doctor, David Tennant took a backseat. Blink was and still is the most terrifying episode ever.

Coming Soon, Mulligan is starring in the much anticipated film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s chilling novel Never Let Me Go and she has also recently signed up to play Florence Ponting in Ian McEwan’s self-adaptation of On Chesil Beach to be directed by Sam Mendes. So the future looks bright for the pretty young thing.

On the downside however, I recently saw Oliver Stone’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Carey Mulligan plays the most futile and pathetic female character I have ever seen in my life. I was and still am somewhat furious that she had been used in such a way. Hats off to her for accepting the role, you can see why she did it. Who wouldn’t want to work with Oliver Stone or Michael Douglas? Josh Brolin was great too as a city banker on the precipice of rapid descent, and she got to share a bed with Shia LaBeouf both on and off screen. Aside from that though, her lines consisted of agreeing, disagreeing, getting incredibly angry, being all forgiving, nodding a yes, shaking a no and all for the sake of bringing together the two lead male roles. She may as well have played a swing ball post and let the two men batter her with plastic bats it would certainly have given her character more substance. I blame Oliver Stone. What is the point of employing an actress with amazing talent and not giving her chance to do anything with it? She sure looks pretty but there is more to her than that. If you need a pretty face without the ability to act, employ Megan Fox.

Anyway, Never Let Me Go is released in UK Cinemas 21st January 2011

Photographs by Mikael Jansson for Interview Magazine April 2010

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