Newcomer Rooney Mara discusses 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 12:45pm

Ready for its big screen close-up, the highly anticipated American version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

The cast understands why audiences and readers have been intrigued by this edgy story for years. Mara says: "These are two characters that we've never seen before and it’s very easy to fall in love with them." Craig says: "Sexual politics, really tough subjects like violence against women and abuse of power, serial killers, a fantastic relationship which is so unusual."

The popular book follows two unlikely partners trying to solve a murder mystery. Star Christopher Plummer believes the film's director compliments the novel. Plummer says: "He's way ahead of his audience David Fincher and you want to catch up so it'll hold them anyway even if they've known the old story".

The two leads were up for whatever challenges came with the role, including physical transformations. Craig says: "I just stopped working out and ate what I wanted to eat. His life is in shambles and he's not been sleeping and he's been drinking.” Mara says: "The eyebrows changed the way I looked the most but I would say it freaked me out maybe for two minutes then I was fine."

The hard work is already paying off, as Rooney Mara received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance. Mara says: "It's a nice surprise we all worked really hard on the movie and I just hope when it comes out people go and see it."

But it's so new; she hasn't even had a chance to see what the buzz is all about. Mara says: "We've been working, I’ve just been traveling and working and I want to see it with an audience and I think I’m just going to wait for it to come out."

"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opens in theaters December 21.

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