The role for Daisy Buchanan in 'The Great Gatsby' involved a lot of competition, but Carey Mulligan came out the winner.
While she is a talented actress, it wasn't just her ability to act that got her the role. According to sources, she made it hers by surprising Leonardo DiCaprio with a kiss during the audition.
Baz Luhrmann, the director, had DiCaprio sit in on auditions for the role for Jay Gatsby's love interest.
Luhrmann said, "Leonardo was at every audition. He worked with me - it was work. He is not acting snob but I guess if he was a chef, he can really tell what is fine cuisine. So Carey came in. I'd swapped scenes (to read during the audition) and forgot the script said she kisses him. [Mulligan] grabbed me…and said, 'Should I? Should I kiss him?' and I went 'Yeah but don't tell him!'"
"So she does the scene, absolutely fantastic, and grabs him and kisses him. She went out the door and I was just thinking, 'My God, that is Daisy Buchanan.'"
"I thought, 'I wonder what DiCaprio thinks.' He said, 'The way Carey manifests Daisy is like something Gatsby would never have met in his life, something so delicate that he would want to protect her to an obsessive and almost impossible level.' And then it was done. It was done."