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Emily Blunt made ‘miserable’ by comedy roles

Emily Blunt would rather star in dark movies than “nightmare” comedies that make her miserable.
The British actress has had a varied career since her silver screen debut in 2003’s Warrior Queen, starring in everything from funny flick Gulliver’s Travels to drama Charlie Wilson’s War. She’s taken on more challenging roles of late though, confessing she doesn’t get enough out of humorous features as she does serious tales.
“I’ve worked on some comedies that have turned out to be nightmares, which made me miserable, because the character or the story just wasn’t engaging enough,” she sighed to Psychologies magazine. “That’s why I’m not afraid of taking on dark stories. I’ve worked very hard to get where I am, and I feel a duty as an actress to entertain and excite the public, not put them to sleep when they’re in the cinema.”
Her latest turn is as Rachel in The Girl on the Train, based on the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins about a newly-divorced alcoholic who witnesses a serious crime while on a train. Emily found it tough to push herself to the psychological state of her onscreen alter ego but knows that despite sinking into “troubling psychological states”, it’s the only way to get the best out of her role.
“Throughout my career, I’ve played many characters who have lived things which I’ve never experienced,” she explained. “It forces you to use your own imagination, and sometimes that can be very disturbing, because your imagination is taking you to places you don’t really want to go.”
Luckily Emily has some uplifting films coming up too, such as My Little Pony: The Movie and a sequel to 2011 movie Gnomeo & Juliet, titled Sherlock Gnomes, as well as starring in the highly-anticipated remake of children’s classic Mary Poppins.

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