Actress Isla Fisher won her role in director Baz Luhrmann's new adaptation of The Great Gatsby without saying a word. The Wedding Crashers star auditioned for the part of Tom Buchanan's mistress, Myrtle Wilson, and reveals she was silent throughout the test - and let her body language do all the talking after taking direction from her fellow Aussie.
She says, "I was so nervous because I thought, 'If talk at all, he's (Luhrmann) going to see my real personality and I won't get the job, because I'm just not like Myrtle at all... so when I went for the audition I just totally didn't say a word.
"I let him project the character onto me. I was a mute, like (famed French mime) Marcel Marceau, not one word came out of my mouth, and I got the job!"
Legendary French mime artist Marcel Marceau has died at the age of 84.
Marceau--born Marcel Mangel--is credited with reviving the art form after the Second World War, inspired by the ancient traditions popular in Europe, Japan and China, as well as silent-movie greats Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin.
His troupe, Compagnie Marcel Marceau, was the only one of its kind during the 1950s and ‘60s and it traveled the world, making Marceau a huge star.
He will be remembered by most for his clown character Bip, whom he created in 1947.
In the 1970s Marceau turned his attention to teaching new generations of mimes and in 2001 he was made a Goodwill Ambassador for the older generation by the United Nations.
His death on Saturday night was confirmed by his daughter Camilla and formally announced by the office of French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Details of his funeral--which will take place at Paris' Pere Lachaise cemetery--have yet to be announced.
He was married three times and leaves two sons and two daughters.
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Famed French mime Marcel Marceau, known for his strict reticence, is speaking out in support of awareness of the rights of the elderly. On Thursday, Marceau, 78, was named the United Nations goodwill ambassador for the 2002 World Assembly on Aging. Marceau said he is "not a man of talk,'' but vowed to represent the cause diligently. Marceau gained fame decades ago as a compassionate, silent mime who once starred in Mel Brooks' film Silent Movie.