In preparation for her assumed breakout turn as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's highly anticipated franchise starter 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,' Rooney Mara covers the November issue of Vogue looking little like her Swedish alter ego. That's because becoming Lisbeth took two days of pre-production tinkering that wound up creating 26 different looks. (The final look -- chopped and dyed hair, bleached eyebrows and multiple piercings can be seen in the 'Dragon Tattoo' trailer.) Of course, just for Mara to get to that point took endless meetings and tests with Fincher, including one where she was encouraged to get completely drunk.
"It was like, 'Come in. We need you to do this, we need you to do that.' That's all I thought about and all I did for weeks." She mentions a time Fincher said, "Go out and get really, really drunk and come in the next morning so we can take pictures of you." He wanted to show Sony that she could look strung out. "And I did it!" says Mara. "Threw up all night!"
After committment like that, you would think Fincher would have just given her the part. It wasn't that easy.
The day she got the part, Fincher called Mara into his office. "I said, 'I need you to come in so I can get a photograph of you on a motorcycle.'" Mara was annoyed. "I was ready to throw down," she says. "I was thinking, You either think I can be this girl or you don't, but I need to move on with my life. He sat me down and gave me this long spiel about all the bad things that are going to come to whoever plays this part. He said something like, 'Vivien Leigh was incredible in 'A Streetcar Named Desire' but she will always be Scarlett O'Hara, and you need to be prepared for that.'"
Based on the interview in Vogue, Mara seems prepared. "I've been trying to really live in the moment because I will never get this part of it back," she said. "As soon as the movie comes out, everyone will turn it into what they believe it is, so I've really been trying to appreciate every minute of now. Because I know what's coming."
'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' hits theaters on Dec. 21. Clock's ticking, Rooney!
[Photo: Sony/Columbia Tri-Star]
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