Mara Talks “Girl” Poster, Violence & Casting

EW has just done a bumper Fall movie preview edition and in it is one of the first interviews with actress Rooney Mara about her work on David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-seller “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”.

Asked about the already infamous teaser poster which features her baring her breasts, Mara says “I was supportive of it. I understand why there was a lot of controversy. 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.”


The book famously features a controversial rape scene between her and her state-appointed guardian. It’s a rough scene and the previous Swedish-language TV-turned-film adaptation didn’t hold back with its screen version of it.

Asked about said scene in Fincher’s much bigger budgeted version, Mara says “It was incredibly intense. 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.”


Finally Mara also spoke about the casting process which saw her auditioning numerous times over a two month period. It was so drawn out she got to the point of getting pissed off with Fincher – “I was just super frustrated. 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 Fincher 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.'”