“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” doesn’t hack its way into theaters until the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean Christmas won’t come early for Lisbeth lovers.
Following this week’s revelation of character profiles and a brief glimpse atTrent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ “Dragon Tatto” score comes a brand new image of and interview with Rooney Mara, the young woman starring in David Fincher’s remake of the Swedish crime tale.
In the interview with Entertainment Weekly, Mara talks about her audition process, her topless poster and what many consider to be the movie’s — or at least her character’s — most controversial scene.
“At that point I was just super frustrated,” Mara told EW about auditioning for the role of Lisbeth, played famously in the Swedish films by Noomi Rapace (herself on the verge of a big stateside break in both the “Sherlock Holmes” sequel and “Prometheus.”). “I was like, ‘You have to decide. Either you think I’m the girl or you don’t. There’s not much more I can do to prove it to you.’ I went in there sort of ready to fight. I was pissed. But David sat me down and gave me this long speech about the part. Then he handed me his iPad, and it had the press release on it. He said, ‘I’m prepared to send this out. You have half an hour to let me know if you want the part.’”
Undoubtedly an intense moment in Mara’s life, but likely not the most intense of her career. That distinction is more likely to fall to — spoiler alert, if you haven’t seen the Swedish film or haven’t read the novels they’re based on — the infamous scene in which Lisbeth is raped at the hands of her legal guardian.
“It was incredibly intense,” she said of shooting the scene. “We did it all in a week — the week of Valentine’s Day, oddly enough. We were working 16 hours a day, and it was really, really challenging, not just emotionally but physically. But it’s such an important scene. We wanted to do everything we could to get that right.”
After an experience like that, it’s no wonder Rooney holds such a supportive attitude towards the controversial first “Dragon Tattoo” poster in which she appears topless.
“I understand why there was a lot of controversy,” said Mara. “People have a hard time with strong females and with nudity. But I think had I been doing something incredibly violent on the poster, people wouldn’t have had a problem with it. That sort of says a lot about the world that we live in. It’s just a teaser poster. I think it did just that. It teased people.”
Eva Gabrielsson, who found herself pursued by fame and controversy as the longtime companion of Stieg Larsson, the posthumously best-selling author of the Millennium trilogy of Swedish crime thrillers, has published a book of her own. In Linda Coverdale’s English translation, the book, which first came out in French in January and is now available in the United States from Seven Stories Press, has the direct, plainspoken title “ ‘There Are Things I Want You to Know’ About Stieg Larsson and Me.” (The quotation is a reference to a letter that Larsson wrote to Ms. Gabrielsson in the 1970s, when he was in his 20s, and about to leave for Africa.)
The memoir’s straightforward tone and terse, unadorned style are unlikely to provide much support for the conspiracy theorists who are convinced that Larsson was not talented enough to come up with the Millennium books on his own and that Ms. Gabrielsson must have written them for him.
Nor will the book, which she wrote with Marie-Françoise Colombani, provide much satisfaction for the many Larsson fans eager for details about an unfinished fourth novel said to have been left on his computer after his death. The book’s biggest news is its description of how the seemingly mild-mannered Ms. Gabrielsson has attempted to seek supernatural vengeance against her enemies.
In New York on Monday, the first stop on a promotional tour for her new book, Ms. Gabrielsson seemed relaxed and even cheerful, sipping Pellegrino and sneaking a couple of smokes at an outside table at Capsouto Frères, a bistro in TriBeCa, carefully pinching the butts and sticking them back in the pack. She talked forthrightly about the oddest passage in her book, a description of an elaborate Viking curse she delivered on New Year’s Eve 2004 against all her and Larsson’s enemies: the false friends, the cowards “who let Stieg fight your battles while you raked in the salaries of your cushy jobs,” the wearers of “suits, ties and wingtips,” the evil ones “who plotted, spied and stirred up prejudice.”
Traditionally, such curses were accompanied by the sacrifice of a live horse, but instead Ms. Gabrielsson broke a ceramic horse sculpture in two and tossed it into Lake Malaren in Stockholm. Nevertheless, it worked, she insisted.
“I felt immense relief, and so did the others who were with me,” she said, explaining, “It’s a ritual — we lack rituals for grief, for confusion, for rage.” She added, with satisfaction, that “all the people who have profited from Stieg in his lifetime — they have not fared well. Bad things happen to them. I don’t want to attribute that to the curse, but they are in trouble.”
Larsson, a Swedish writer and journalist, died unexpectedly in November 2004, when he was just 50, and had no idea how successful his books — “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Girl Who Played With Fire” and “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” — would become. He and Ms. Gabrielsson had lived together for 32 years — they were “soul mates,” she says in the book — but never wed, and because they were childless, and because Swedish law makes no provision for common-law marriage, she had no legal right to his estate, now worth tens of millions of dollars.
Everything went to his father and brother, Erland and Joakim Larsson, who have been locked for years now in an increasingly stubborn and acrimonious battle of wills with her. Ms. Gabrielsson says she is not interested in the money; what she wants is artistic control over Larsson’s literary rights. Larsson’s family, meanwhile, has been reluctant to share any part of the legacy.
“I have no idea how it will end,” Ms. Gabrielsson said. “Life surprises you. People surprise me all the time.”
Though in the book she complains harshly about what she calls the “Stieg industry” and expresses reservations about the way the original movie deal for the books was made, she seemed curious about the English-language version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” directed by David Fincher, that had been filming in Stockholm.
“Friends of mine have stumbled over the film crews and have sent me text messages,” she said. “They’re taking care to find very good locations, and so it might be interesting. They’re very ambitious — I like that.”
Sorry, the previous post only had the link. Here is the video from youtube.
anyone would like to discuss it?
the Hollywood movie trailer is out and I wish to discuss it with someone, anyone wants to join the discussion?
While I was looking at Rooney Mara’s Salander I wasn’t really satisfied and here what I thought, illustrated by the photos.
In this photo:
I see that she doesn’t look masculine but rather pretty and feminine who tried really hard to look bad by piercing her face and cutting down her hair.
now look at this one:
here, she looks like a prostitute, which isn’t actually the point. Lisbeth should have a look that says “If you get any near, you’re dead”, but this one has a look that says “Come Fuck me real hard”.
see, there’s a huge differences, and I hope these are just poses and that the Salander in the actual movie is rather close to the one in the book, or at least Noomi Rapace’s Salander, which I really liked.
A handful of photos from the set of David Fincher’s ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ have emerged and they reveal a better look at Rooney Mara in costume as Lisbeth Salander.
New photos have emerged from the set of David Fincher’s take on The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and they offer a better look at Rooney Mara as the titular gal, a.k.a. Lisbeth Salander.
Sherlock Holmes 2 star Noomi Rapace played the role of Salander (in our opinion, to perfection) in the Swedish film version of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, so there is reason to wonder if Mara’s take on the character will prove as memorable in Fincher’s American version.
Late Swedish author Stieg Larsson – who wrote the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo novel and its sequels – described Salander as a grown-up version of Pippi Longstocking, herself one of children literature’s most famous, red-haired heroines. Salander (who dies her ginger-colored hair black) is described in the first of Larsson’s novels as “a pale, anorexic young woman who had hair as short as a fuse” and is decked out in piercings and tattoos. Despite being small in stature, the 24 year-old Salander’s appearance very much reflects her fiercely independent nature and outlook.
Mara played Mark Zuckerberg’s ex-girlfriend, Erica Albright, in Fincher’s The Social Network and was convincing (in her few scenes, at least) as a intelligent, capable woman who refused to tolerate the Facebook creator’s rude behavior towards her – even after Zuckerberg had begun his trek to fame and fortune. Salander is definitely a much darker and more complex variation on that character type, though it’s not a stretch to say that Mara seems up to the challenge.
But what of Salander’s physical appearance? Just have a look at the photos of Mara in costume on the Dragon Tattoo set, which can be glimpsed below (for more images, check out Rooney-Mara.com)
The final film in the trilogy adapted form Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series led the specialty market this Halloween weekend. According to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today, “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest” debuted on 153 screens to find some very strong numbers for U.S. distributor Music Box Films and Canadian distributor Alliance. Directed by Daniel Alfredson and starring Noomi Rapace as heroine Lisbeth Salander, “Hornet’s Nest” grossed $915,044 from 153 screens in the U.S. and Canada, giving it a $5,981 per-theater-average.
Compared to the March release of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” and the July release of “The Girl Who Played With Fire,” “Nest” came up slightly short. “Tattoo” opened on 34 screens, grossing $335,502 for a $9,868 average. That eventually led to a stellar $10,078,703 final gross. “Fire,” meanwhile, grossed $904,998 from 108 screens, averaging $8,380 and currently standing at $7,576,753. Taking into consideration the wider debut of “Hornet’s Nest”’, its numbers are entirely reasonable and its final gross is likely to fall close to its predecessors.
All in all, “Nest” caps off what’s been a remarkable feat for Music Box Films, a distributor that had only one $1 million+ grossing film prior to “Dragon Tattoo”‘s release (2008’s “Tell No One,” which made $6.2 million). Combined, the Millennium Trilogy should end up grossing upwards of $25 million in North America. “Dragon Tattoo” is among the 25 highest grossing foreign language films ever in the United States, while both “Fire” and “Nest” should easily end up in the top 40.
Stieg Larsson, author of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, part of the hit Millennium trilogy of crime novels and the most successful e-book of all time, penned an unpublished additional book in the series before he died in 2004.
His father, Erland Larsson, saw the manuscript days after he died and the publication is now in the hands of Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson’s girlfriend of some 32 years, CBS News said.
Stieg Larsson suffered a fatal heart attack in November 2004 and died at age 50, five months before his first book, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, was published.
A film adaptation of the book was released in 2009 and a Hollywood version starring The Social Network‘s Rooney Mara and James Bond actor Daniel Craig is currently in the works.
Mara, 25, plays Lisbeth Salandar, a superhacker, private investigator and rape survivor. Stieg Larsson had named the character after a girl whose gang rape he had witnessed at age 15. He had never forgiven himself for not helping her.
Salander helps Swedish journalist Mikael Blomkvist, Craig’s character, tackle a freelance assignment by an elderly businessman who wants to find out what happened to his grand-niece. The film is set for release on Dec. 21, 2011 and its director is David Fincher, who also directed The Social Network, which opened on October 1.