Gemma Arterton's thriller struggle
Gemma Arterton has claimed she struggles to be cast in serious dramas after playing a Bond girl.
The 24-year-old actress, star of blockbusters Quantum Of Solace, Clash Of The Titans and Prince Of Persia and comedy St Trinian's, said she fought to appear in gritty British indie flick The Disappearance Of Alice Creed because she needed an intense role.
Gemma said: "I needed to do it for my own sanity as I was getting lost playing the girlfriend or the wishy washy role. I needed to do something that was raw."
She revealed: "There aren't that many 'down and dirty' roles out there and they certainly don't want to see me for them.
"I remember the director didn't want to see me because he thought, 'She's a Bond girl, she's not going to be able to do the stuff she needs to do' and that's exactly why I wanted to see him, because it was like, 'Well, you need to change your judgement'."
Gemma stars as the title role in Stephen Frears' new film Tamara Drewe, which opens in cinemas on September 10.
Based on Posy Simmonds' much-loved graphic novel, which was inspired by Thomas Hardy's Far From The Madding Crowd, the film is a dark comedy about a young journalist, who returns to the Dorset village of her childhood as a smouldering twenty-something.
She said: "I was really flattered that he [Frears] wanted me to play Tamara and he was quite adamant about it actually.
"He hadn't seen me in anything before he cast me, which I found kind of weird. I begged him to let me audition but he said 'no'. Then I realised he works through instinct."