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Monday, May 3

Carey Mulligan, an Unaffected and Rising Star

The tides are turning and American film producers are looking for natural, unbotoxed and talented actors and actresses. Whew. Finally. Unfortunately, they've had to look across the Pond, for too many of Hollywood's young elite are starting to resemble a cross between Barbi and Ken.

Stepping up to the plate is fresh-faced Carey Mulligan, already on a spectacular career trajectory with an Oscar nomination and BAFTA for her performance in An Education. This article from the Daily Mail describes her meteoric rise and why she is the real deal. It describes in great detail how Carey landed her first role as Kitty Bennet in Pride and Prejudice 2005.

Carey has been signed to play Eliza Doolittle in Emma Thompson's remake of My Fair Lady. She is also a heartbeat away from getting the lead role in The Girl With the Dragoon Tattoo. Click here to read The Miseducation of Carey Mulligan.

7 comments:

Southerner said...

"Unfortunately, they've had to look across the Pond, .........."

So what's with, UNFORTUNATELY?

I could comment, but to uphold the good will between our two countries I shall decline.

It's OK I'm not being serious...I think!!!

Nonna Beach said...

I am wondering if this announcement will hold ? Keira K. was slated to play the part in 2008 and then pulled out of the project...and can Carey sing ? Will they dub her singing voice as they did Audrey Hepburn's in the original ? (Audrey was pretty but she sounded like a frog when she sang ) ( Julie Andrews should have played the part back then and also in the movie musical "Camelot" )

As for British actors over Americans lately, sooner or later the pendulum swings back and people want to see real beauty and talent, not manufactured faces, bodies and marginal abilities. We here in American copy a lot of the series and ideas for movies the Brits have come up with for a long time anyway !!!

Ruth said...

I've been a fan of Carey M.'s performances for a while, and An Education just blew me away - I'm happy to see her get roles and positive exposure in the media. I just hope she stays true to herself and what makes her unique, and doesn't let herself get all "Hollywood-ized." And I really hope she is able to stay with the My Fair Lady project, I think she would make a fabulous Eliza. I'm dying to hear who they will cast as Higgins.

Gina said...

I like Carey, but I hope and pray the remake never gets made. Perfection needs no remake.

Alexa Adams said...

I agree with Gina. Of course, I will go see My Fair Lady, as the original is one of my all time favorite films, but with the intention of being angered by it. I hate it when actors I like are in film projects that make me queasy. It taints them by association. I can't seem to look at Johnny Depp the same way since Willy Wonka and would be sad to see Carey Mulligan suffer the same fate.

The Rush Blog said...

As for British actors over Americans lately, sooner or later the pendulum swings back and people want to see real beauty and talent, not manufactured faces, bodies and marginal abilities. We here in American copy a lot of the series and ideas for movies the Brits have come up with for a long time anyway !!!


Let me get this straight. All British actors have real beauty and talent; and American actors are nothing but manufactured looks and marginal abilities?

I smell the rank of bigotry and self hatred.

Vic said...

I don't think that Nonna was implying that (for there are many lovely and natural American acresses) as much as reacting to the story that was quoted.

But there does seem to be a trend - fresh faced actresses who are not spectacularly beautiful are frequently showcased in foreign films and given starring roles. This is not a blanket statement by any means, but the proof is in the pudding. When beautiful actresses like Charlize Theron are given oscars for portraying ugly people, but ordinary looking actress are relegated to roles as sidekicks, one does wonder about the myopia of American movie makers, as if only beautiful people have talent.

I was outraged when Michelle Pfeiffer was given the role of plain Frankie in Frankie and Johnny, when Kathy Bates had done such an outstanding job on Broadway. She was deemed too plain to play a plain person.Bah.