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Interview/Trailer Watch: Mulligan Talks Shame, Tattoos, Nudity, Being Rogers & Astaire with Fassbender, Red Band Trailer

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 29, 2011 at 3:25PM

Carey Mulligan chats with Vulture about everything from nudity in "Shame" to her late night drive with "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn. (He was in a Puma track suit, she was high on "seventeen Red Bulls" when they almost got arrested.) Mulligan begged Steve McQueen for the part in "Shame"; what locked down the role was a conversation surrounding "The Seagull"--the similarities between Nina and Sissy and the seagull tattoo Mulligan was wanting (she got it the following day, after McQueen gave her the part).
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Carey Mulligan in 'Shame'
Carey Mulligan in 'Shame'

Carey Mulligan chats with Vulture about everything from nudity in "Shame" to her late night drive with "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn. (He was in a Puma track suit, she was high on "seventeen Red Bulls" when they almost got arrested.) Mulligan begged Steve McQueen for the part in "Shame"; what locked down the role was a conversation surrounding "The Seagull"--the similarities between Nina and Sissy and the seagull tattoo Mulligan was wanting (she got it the following day, after McQueen gave her the part).

Working across from Michael Fassbender as her brother was "a complete dream"; Mulligan recalls McQueen coming in after a take and saying, "'Fuck! It's like fucking Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire in here! Awesome!'" As for the backstory that Sissy and her brother share--an issue of debate--Mulligan says they "definitely had conversations about where these characters came from," but adds, "that's the cool thing: I don't want to know that stuff, and it's not interesting to talk about that in a film, because it victimizes them in a way that it shouldn't. It's about the business of how they're handling where they are right now." The "Shame" trailer is below, with Mulligan's heartbreaking rendition of "New York, New York" (a new Red Band trailer will be appearing later today). "Shame" hits theaters December 2. You can also explore the film's New York City locations with McQueen and this interactive map (spoilers).

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.