‘Tattoo’ Starlet Rooney Mara More Spooked By Motorcycles Than Nudity

On the 'Dragon' Set
Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig film 'Tattoo.'
Rooney's Racy Poster
Mara gets naked for 'Dragon' poster.
Judging by the trailer and all of the little snippets and photos we’ve seen, David Fincher’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will likely live up to the book and original Swedish film version’s grittiness and attitude. And in this week’s Entertainment Weekly, the film’s two stars — Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara — talk about how they went about approaching the much-anticipated movie.

Mara, who worked with Fincher on Social Network and transformed herself into a tattooed, pierced badass for the role of Lisbeth Salander, says that the thing that worried her the most about taking on the role wasn’t the rape scenes, the nudity, or all of the holes she had to put in her body for the role.

“There were certainly things I was scared to do, but I never thought I wasn’t up for the challenge … The ­motorcycle was the thing I ­really didn’t want to do. You know, you’re ­going to be raped, be naked… But as soon as he was like, ‘You’re going to have to ride a motorcycle,’ I was like, ‘Oh, really?,” Rooney tells EW.

As for the physical transformation, Mara said she “needed a moment” when her eyebrows were dyed — and then got her eyebrow, ears and nipple pierced afterwards.

Dragon Tattoo will be released in the U.S. on December 21.