Rooney Mara Got Drunk to Look ‘Strung Out’ For ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Photos

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Rooney Mara only had a few scenes in The Social Network but it was enough to get the attention of director David Fincher when he was casting for the lead of Lisbeth Salander in the American version of the book-turned-movie The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. 

However, in order to convince the studio, Fincher advised Mara that she get “really drunk” before she took pictures the following day. She abided, telling Vogue magazine that she “threw up all night!” Fincher explained how he chose Mara from a variety of other actresses, saying: 

“There were all these different versions of Salander, but the one that had the most layers was Rooney’s. I kept coming back to this. I thought, This is the person to follow.”

But the Oscar winning director did keep his leading lady in suspense as to weather she landed the coveted role. When asked if she could come in to take pictures on a motorcycle, Mara grew upset, telling Vogue

I was ready to throw down. 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.’ ”

So how is Mara like her misunderstood, gothic character Lisbeth?  “I’ve always been sort of a loner. I didn’t play team sports. I am better one-on-one than in big groups,“ she told the magazine. “I can understand wanting to be invisible and mistrusting people and wanting to understand everything before you engage with the world.”

Hitting theaters Dec. 21, the film is about “journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing for forty years by Lisbeth Salander (Mara), a young computer hacker.” For more of Mara and Fincher’s interview, check out Vogue on newsstands Oct. 25. 

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