On February 19, the dark comedy thriller I Care a Lot starring Rosamund Pike was released on Netflix. The film stars Pike as a character named Marla Grayson, a legal conservator and con woman who comes up with a scheme with her partner Fran (Eliza González) that takes advantage of her elderly clients by becoming their legal guardian and robbing them of their retirement funds and other assets. The film received praise from critics, who complimented the story, writing and performances from González and Pike, the latter of whom has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.

Pike has compared her character of Marla Grayson in I Care a Lot to her character Amy Elliott Dunne in the film Gone Girl, who is said to be very similar. Pike believes that while the two characters share their intellect, she doubts that they would like each other due to their contrasting personalities. “I do think they would be two interesting women to get in a room together,” Pike told EW. “I don’t think they would like each other very much at all. Amy is very strategic and has everything worked out months in advance, with every ‘t’ crossed and every ‘i’ dotted, and Marla is more of a hustler. She flies by the seat of her pants a bit more, and she kind of is a grittier creature, really. She can get caught between a rock and a hard place and somehow find the opening and get out. Amy is a different type of person, but they are both very intelligent and good at duping innocent people.”

Pike has said that she particularly enjoyed playing Marla as the role is very different from her previous films. “It’s always very attractive to watch somebody who’s very good at something, and Marla is very, very good at her hustle,” she said. “It just happens that it’s a hustle that we can’t really approve of, and yet we find it really fun to watch, which makes us kind of not sure quite where our sort of ethics or moral compunction has gone.”

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