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Oscars Q&A: Rooney Mara On The Girl Who Would Be Lisbeth Salander

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Lisbeth Salander, misanthropic Watson to Mikael Blomkvist’s investigative journalist Sherlock Holmes in Stieg Larsson’s novel The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, is by nature a rule-breaker. Look no further than her day job as a hacker; a means of assaulting the society that scarred her. To get Lisbeth to jump off the page, it required an actress with both an adolescent punkish attitude as well as a glacial resilience. Furthermore, like Noomi Rapace who originated the part in the original Swedish trilogy, the role required a starlet whose image wouldn’t cloud moviegoers’ perception of the character’s unorthodoxy (reasons why such Salander candidates as Natalie Portman or Scarlett Johansson were passed over for Sony’s Stateside remake). Director David Fincher’s expectations were smashed by Rooney Mara, the straight-laced girl he cast to reject Jesse Eisenberg’s Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

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alycakes3411d ago

As much as I would love Rooney Mara to win the Oscar for Best Actress in a film...watching thru the years....the Academy is more inclined to go with a person playing the lead in a period piece or a person playing in a biopic.

I think Mara deserves the Oscar but even in the contest here on Filmwatch I didn't vote for her because I don't think she'll get it and deep down inside...I'm praying she does and surprises everyone including me.