Carey Mulligan intimidated by "Gatsby" role

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An adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 Long Island-set novel, where Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey MaGuire) is lured into the lavish world of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Soon enough, however, Carraway sees through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy await. Also starring Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher & Joel Edgerton.
May 19th, 2013

Carey Mulligan found playing Daisy Buchanan ''intimidating''.

The blonde beauty portrays the wealthy socialite in Baz Luhrmann's big-screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby' and viewed the role as a ''departure'' from her previous parts as Daisy focused a lot on overall appearance more than personality.

She said: ''Daisy always makes the smart girl choices and I just have to side with her but [as a character], she's the biggest departure for me. I've never done a character where it mattered that much what I looked like.

''[The sex appeal] was intimidating. But all Fitzgerald says about her appearance is that she has 'a sad lovely face with bright things in it'. She's the person who makes you feel like you're the only person in the world ... until she doesn't. But you know Daisy is not a sexual force.''

Carey, 27, found the role even more of a challenge as she tried to figure out the personality of the Jazz Age victim, who she believes always put on an act in front of others to hide her true self.

She added to Time Out magazine: ''She's difficult to crack because she doesn't really know herself. I always imagined her as someone who, with everything she says and does, it's as if she's watching a movie of her own life.

''She is always giving this performance and that's all she gives you. So you can't ever really tell.''