Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard in An Education
By : Chris Tribbey | Posted: 08 Feb 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Peter Sarsgaard, who plays the “older” man (David) to actress Carey Mulligan’s teenage girl (Jenny) in An Education, feels he needs to explain something about his character.
“He’s not a pedophile or anything,” he said of the perhaps-too-smooth David. “He wants the same thing she wants, to live a poetic life. He has a fantasy of the way he wants life to be, and he makes it happen.”
Jenny’s parents may not want to hear any of that, but the Academy understood: The film earned three nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings it to DVD ($28.96) and Blu-ray Disc ($38.96) March 30, with deleted scenes, making-of and “Walking the Red Carpet” featurettes, and a commentary with director Lone Scherfig and actors Mulligan and Sarsgaard.
“It has afforded me an opportunity I wouldn’t have had a year ago,” Mulligan said of her character, before she learned she had earned a Best Actress nomination. “I still don’t get 17 scripts a day. Playing young was fun. Pulling the wool over [her parents’] eyes became a lot of fun.”
Jenny’s parents have tunnel vision, seeing only Oxford in their daughter’s immediate future. Actor Dominic Cooper, who plays David’s best friend and business partner, said the characters were representative of screenwriter Nick Hornby’s near-flawless work.
“The parents are really also innocent,” he said. “They might as well be 16.”
Mulligan said the film is a unique coming of age story, in that the characters feel like real people.
“It starts out as escapism,” she said, adding that DVD and Blu-ray owners should look for an alternate ending in the deleted scenes. “He represents a life she has no access to. But she grows to love him. She finds him endearing and sweet. She does sort of love him, even if she’s not in love with him.”