Carey Mulligan persuaded the director of her latest film to change the race of her character, because she was so keen to play the part.
The 25-year-old British actress was a fan of Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's films Bronson and Valhalla Rising, and so auditioned for the part of a single mother in his new drama Drive, despite the role being written for a Latin woman in her late 20s.
Carey told The Los Angeles Times: "My agent said, 'It's a Latina woman in her late 20s, and you should just read it.' So I went and met [Refn], trying to persuade him that he should let me do it."
The Wall Street 2 star was clearly persuasive as the part has now been re-written to that of a white, Los-Angles born mother in the film which also stars Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks.
Carey - who won an Oscar nomination for her role as a bright schoolgirl shunning her university future for a glamorous life on the London party scene in An Education - is anxious to play a variety of roles.
She said: "I didn't work from 'Wall Street' [wrapping] until about a month and a half ago.
"It's funny, because the whole awards thing took me up until March, so it sort of felt like I was working even though I wasn't.
"I feel a little bit less afraid of everything. Taking the year off was great in terms of figuring out what kind of stuff I wanted to do. [I'm] trying not to repeat myself and trying to find different characters."