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Mulligan: I swam in sheep poo

Published 16/04/2015

Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts
Carey Mulligan and Matthias Schoenaerts

Carey Mulligan does not have fond memories of swimming through sheep droppings while filming her new movie, Far from the Madding Crowd.

The 29-year-old British actress portrays Bathsheba Everdene in her new movie Far from the Madding Crowd, a period drama set in Victorian England.

In the film Carey’s character Bathsheba is courting a sheep farmer named Gabriel Oak, played by Matthias Schoenaerts, and in one scene she had to wade through a sheep’s bath.

“That was so much fun, although slightly disgusting by the end of the day. The sheep were doing their business in the water,” she recollected at the film’s London premiere, according to UK newspaper The Mirror.

"The boys whinged constantly but they were wearing wetsuits under their costumes - I was wearing no wetsuit, so I was basically swimming in sheep sh*t all day, which was a joy."

Carey’s co-star Matthias admitted he is extremely anxious about how audiences will receive their film.

The 37-year-old Belgian actor joked he’d be fleeing the red carpet immediately after the premiere concluded.

"The premiere's tonight, then I'm going to rush out of the theatre and lock myself in my room,” Matthias laughed.

“Let's see if people feel what we were trying to put into it. I'm curious. I'm nervous as hell, can't you tell? I hide my nerves well."

Carey and Matthias also star alongside Michael Sheen and Tom Sturridge in the adaptation of Thomas Hardy's 1874 novel.

Far from the Madding Crowd will make its official wide release theatre debut on May 1 in both the UK and the US.

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