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August 21 2014

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Talking Sex, Drugs, And Older Men At Cinema Society

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It was a buzzy evening for the Cinema Society crowd last night—a chance to see Oscar contender pic An Education with rising-star ingenue Carey Mulligan and to check out the new Crosby Street Hotel. There to take in the event, co-hosted by Dior Beauty and Möet & Chandon, were Rachel Roy, Susan Sarandon, Charlotte Ronson, and Agyness Deyn. The film centers on a teenaged Mulligan coming of age in sixties-era suburban London with the help of much older man, played by Peter Sarsgaard. So what was growing up in that era really like? “It was a very empowering time,” said Sarandon, who is Mulligan’s cast mate in the upcoming Wall Street 2. “You felt you could change the course of history, and you did. The music was great, the drugs were great, the sex was great.” Mulligan, however, got a different picture while researching through friends’ parents and her on-set driver. “My driver told me it was dull,” said the 24-year-old Brit. “It was sort of boring as depicted in the film.” Mulligan also relied on secondhand study to portray a love-struck girl in a relationship with a healthy age gap. “I’ve played it very safe,” said Mulligan, who very recently became a tabloid fixture for her budding relationship with another Wall Street 2 co-star, Shia LaBeouf. “It’s mostly because I’ve just never met anyone older. But I think men that are a little bit older is a good thing and I can understand the appeal.”

Photo: Billy Farrell/Patrick McMullan

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