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Carey Mulligan would have loved to play the lead role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Carey Mulligan would have loved to play the lead role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Carey Mulligan would have loved to play the lead role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Carey Mulligan has revealed she went for a hat-trick of auditions for the role of Lisbeth Salander in the Hollywood remake of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

The Oscar-nominated actress, who had been tipped to star as the troubled computer hacker, tried out for the coveted part in David Fincher's highly anticipated American adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-selling Millennium novel three times, but lost out to Rooney Mara.

"I auditioned for it three times - I dyed my hair black, got fake nose rings and covered my face in black make-up, so yeah, I would have loved that part," she told Radio Times.

Despite being bombarded with work offers since her award-winning performance in An Education, Carey, who next stars in Never Let Me Go alongside Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield, likes to pick her jobs wisely.

"I haven't worked for nearly a year. Not intentionally, but because I couldn't find anything," she continued.

"I was trying to find something where I'd be freaked out and a bit nervous about doing it. I want that challenge."

The 25-year-old had initially spoken of wanting the part.

"I am obsessed with those books. I would love to do them. I am not going to lie about that. I would love to play Lisbeth Salander," she previously said.

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