Tuesday Weld was actually a front runner for Daisy.
She would have been perfect. The only other actress I can think of who might have been equally good (although not in the 1970s) would have been Michelle Pfeiffer.
I'm one who didn't mind Farrow as Daisy - I think she's a damn sight better in the role than the other two who have played it so far(Betty Field in the even worse 1949 film version, and Mira Sorvino in the woeful TV version). I like Carey Mulligan, but she doesn't strike me as Daisy material, but with Luhrmann at the helm of this new film, it may not matter.
In the '74 film, Redford is the one who drags the film down with his vacuous performance.
Ali MacGraw would have been a disaster as Daisy - she couldn't act, period - her undeserved Oscar nomination for LOVE STORY notwithstanding.
Neither could Polanski. She only got the part originally because she was married to the film's producer, Robert Evans.
But once Ali ran off with McQueen, Evans (then head of Paramount) had all the films he was developing for her recast with other actresses.
Natalie Wood was told she was too old for the part. Mia wrote Evans a letter - "Bob may I be your Daisy?" and snared the part. Evans was hoping for Rosemary's Baby type success with Mia and Redford. I don't think Mia was bad at all, though the scene where she cries over bath towels is a hoot. Redford just tried to cute his way through the movie. The perfect Daisy would have been Donna Mills.
I didn't know Tuesday Weld was in the running for the role. She would have been perfect.
Farrow squeeked and squawked her way through the whole ponderous movie.
Redford was nice to look at, but the movie was awful. You can watch it on YouTube.
R19, I don't know what you mean by the following comment: "with Luhrmann helming Carey Mulligan as Daisy may not matter."
[quote] The perfect Daisy would have been Donna Mills.
Trying to make a movie out of "The Great Gatsby" is like trying to catch fog in a net.
Luhrmann's version will be just as bad as the others.
Love Mia but have a feeling she will be a weak Daisy. Better choices: Sarah Miles, Sussanah York, Tuesday Weld, Blythe Danner,
Cybill Sheperd might be either very good or a complete disaster.
Karen Grassle from Little House would have been the best Daisy
Redford was miscast in the lead because he was the IT guy in 1973-74.
Mia Farrow's career had been in the doldrums for years; everyone was surprised that she got the part as Daisy.
Who should have played Gatsby? Redford was a big nothing in the role.
I'm picturing Pam Dawber as Daisy, and Gary Sandy as Gatsby. It would have launched their silver screen success.
Nicholson was white-hot at the time and in the frame, but Redford wanted it more and pushed for it. A Gatsbyesque trait for sure, but in the event as futile as yearning for Daisy.
Nicholson's rough-diamond with polish - a la Jake Gittes - would have improved the film hugely. It would've been good to see him up against his friend Bruce Dern, well-cast as Tom.
That role was MINE! Bastards!
It's a bad movie. Hardly Farrow's fault. She wasn't great but she's a hell of a lot better choice for Daisy than Redford was for Gatsby. But even Redford isn't the problem. The problem is, as has been said, making a good film of Gatsby is as elusive as Gatsby's chase for his dream.
What was doubly wrong with it is the creepy singing of What Will I Do by that creepy old guy.