Carey Mulligan: I Auditioned for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' Three Times (PHOTOS)

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Sure, she's one of the most accomplished young actresses in Hollywood, but even one as beautiful and talented as Carey Mulligan isn't guaranteed every movie role.

The Oscar-nominated star of An Education, who is currently shooting The Great Gatsby opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, recently gave an interview to the UK's Little White Lies, during which she revealed she auditioned for David Fincher's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo not once, not twice, but three times!

"The first audition I did, I don’t think I was sort of in his mind for it," she said. "So the first audition I did for the casting director without him. And then the second was with him and the third one was with him. He is very specific. He tells you exactly what he wants you to do. He’s very kind. I was intimidated, but he was very… He’s very direct."

" ... He was just very, yeah, very specific, very direct, very honest and quiet brief – with me, at least," she added. "His reputation of course is that he takes, like, 45 takes so him being brief with me was probably an indication that I wasn’t going to get the job. But that’s okay." (Read the full interview here.)

Ah, what could have been!

Do you think Carey would have been a better fit to play Lisbeth Salander? Or were you happy with Rooney Mara's interpretation? Sound off in the comments, then click through our gallery to find out which other stars were also up for Hollywood's most coveted roles!

 

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    Rowen

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    Christina Rivas

    I think he who could have pulled it off

  • Christina Rivas
    Christina Rivas

    lol they really didn't care about the author's opinion on this

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    FanGirl

    he was so beautiful in >cocaine cowboys< it think he would have been great in this as well

  • spiniton85
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    I hated that movie anyway.

  • FanGirl
    FanGirl

    Psychologically speaking the truth is that its hard for one to pictures an awesome movie already made with another actor. Because its already programmed in your head and so it feels weird when you try to picture another actor in a role you assimilated with the original actor. But truth be told, if an actor is great he can do any role justice. It's not really a competition, its more of who can bring the character to life for our viewing pleasure. Whoever fits the part. There is no right or wrong.

  • FanGirl
    FanGirl

    that movie was a piece of shit

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    FanGirl

    hahaha no way leo sucks he would have ruined the movie christian was amazing in that movie

  • FanGirl
    FanGirl

    sorry but christian bale was born for that role in psycho. no one is more psycho while being hot than him lol

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    damn

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    FanGirl

    she's a great actress

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    I don't like titanic. I would have turned it down too lol but I love kate, she's an amazing actress leo is overrated though

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    FanGirl

    Rooney Mara was so badass in this role. No one could have done it but her.

  • FanGirl
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    Rooney Mara was awesome. No one could have done it but her. She's an amazing actress and very low key.

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  • jess
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    If it went to mara because she has worked with the director she would not have been nominated.

  • Michele
    Michele

    Gwyneth was just considered, she dont turned down the role.

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    yeah no. keanu was perfect...

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    Love love love sean connery, but not for this role. Sean Connery is a bad and wouldnt have fit this roll right. Ian was a great pick

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    Yeah Julia Robers was perfect. Its a movie, how could it be too degrading? geez its not like your life story! ahah and now no one knows who you are. boom reality check

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    danielleakame

    even though i think Henry Cavill is sexy beyond words, he doesnt seem to fit a teenager role...

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    danielleakame

    i love leo. but christian owned this role

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    danielleakame

    little lowerrrrrrrr

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    um if the author wanted her obv she fit the description. duhhhhhhhhh

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    danielleakame

    she is so cute! love her!

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    yeah no. Kate FTW personally i don't like Gwyneth Paltrows acting style.

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    yeah no

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    rooney mara owned that role. she was amazing and fit into the books character perfectly

  • danielleakame
    danielleakame

    yeah melissa is a wayyyy better choice

  • ollie
    ollie

    don't tell me it's about kate winslet, that would be too weird.

  • ollie
    ollie

    many stars auditioned for this role like natalie portman, scarlettt johansson, jennifer lawrence, but it went to rooney mara because she has worked with david fincher(the director) before in the social network. it'd kinda bad because if scarlett would have got the role, we would have seen her naked...

  • Kassy
    Kassy

    Yeah she does. The blonde hair and fake tan is not a good combination for her or anyone for that matter.

  • kamiluccha
    kamiluccha

    Oh! She looks so old :-O

  • Cara
    Cara

    Yeah, Noomi Rapace is Lisbeth for me. I think Carey has a saccharine approach to it that is why she didn't get the role but that is ok I still like her.

  • Eff
    Eff

    Rooney Mara is very good at playing Lisbeth but Noomi Rapace is the greates. She will forever be Lisbeth in my eyes.

  • X
    X

    Rooney is the perfect Lisbeth!

 
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