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Baz Luhrmann Thought About Adding More Pammy to The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan arrives at the World Premier of The Great Gatsby May 1, 2013 at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center New York. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role.
Carey Mulligan. Photo: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images

If you’ve seen The Great Gatsby, you know that Daisy’s daughter Pammy appears onscreen only once, at the very end of the movie. Should we have seen more of her throughout? “Right up to the last minute, we were experimenting with doing more with the child,” director Baz Luhrmann told Vulture at the premiere earlier this month. “We even did a scene where the child was there.” Carey Mulligan, who plays Daisy, said there were “endless” discussions about how much to point out that Daisy was “adult Daisy: mother of one.” Luhrmann ultimately decided to keep overt reminders to a minimum. “Carey does an amazing job of maintaining empathy for the character of Daisy. I think you go, ‘She’s got a family. She’s got a child.’ You sort of understand it. She may think she should have gone with Gatsby, but you realize she’s constrained by her social reality.”

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