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Did Rooney Mara's role in A Nightmare on Elm Street almost make her quit acting?!

12.31.2011by: Jared Pacheco

It's no secret that Rooney Mara is currently tearing up the screen in David Fincher's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO. Hell she's even up for a Golden Globe! But would you believe it if I told you this almost didn't happen? Well I'm sure GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO still would've been made... but it almost missed it's chance with Mara.

You see according to Entertainment Weekly the actress almost considered retiring after her performance in the abismal A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET remake. Don't take my word for it though - Hear it from Mara herself:

"[After ELM STREET] I didn't want to act anymore. I was like, this isn't what I signed up for. If this is what my opportunities are going to be like, then I'm not that interested in acting. So I was very discouraged and disheartened. And then I got the Social Network script. That kind of inspired me."

Thank you SOCIAL NETWORK. But that's not the end of it! The actress touches more on the horrendous feature: "You kind of learn to self-sabotage with things you don't want to get. Sometimes you don't want to get something, but you do a really good job and you get in anyway. That's kind of [what happened] with A Nightmare on Elm Street-I didn't even really want it. And then I went in [to audition], and I was like, "Fuck. I definitely got that."

Truth be told I'm surprised everyone in that flick hasn't second-guessed their career after the end-product. Alas it seems things couldn't be better in the world of Rooney Mara right now so I'm sure there's some lesson to take out of this. Like sunny days are coming? Or something....

Extra Tidbit: Who's hotter: Rooney Mara (above) or her sister Kate?

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12:31PM on 01/02/2012
@ Jophus and similar posts - Absolutley she should voice her opinion as anyone has the right to, if you read my below post (not saying you were responding directly to that) I can appreciate if the project turned out not to be what she hoped. i could get behind that. I appreciate anyone's honesty if they can look retrospectivly at what hasn't worked. But her comments stem from just not wanting the role in the first place. Bad or not it was still a big movie and worth the exposure she received.
@ Jophus and similar posts - Absolutley she should voice her opinion as anyone has the right to, if you read my below post (not saying you were responding directly to that) I can appreciate if the project turned out not to be what she hoped. i could get behind that. I appreciate anyone's honesty if they can look retrospectivly at what hasn't worked. But her comments stem from just not wanting the role in the first place. Bad or not it was still a big movie and worth the exposure she received. I was dubious to see if she was the right choice in TGWTDT as I'd only seen her in Social Network (where she didn't really impress me with her 2 scenes) and in NOES where I didn't think she was awful but she was not good. She was just kinda "there". I agree and have said before Katie Cassidy was far more engaging and for that movie it would've been a nice twist for her to become the heroine rather than Nancy. Had her performance been more engaging I would've felt differently and rooted for her. Her comments seem to explain her lack of enthusiasm in the role and the negative reviews she received.
My point is she should be grateful for the opportunities good or bad that come her way. You have to wonder what doors being in NOES did actually open for her. You hear all the time how people get noticed for the strangest things as casting director and producers see them in shitty movies, tv shows or even ads. I remember hearing Laura Linney in an interview saying despite how Congo turned out and was perseved as a flop(a guilty pleasure of mine)she got a load of work from it and people in the business recognised her from it.
I should be clear I loved her performance in TGWTDT (and yes I do also love the Swedish version and Rapace), and am not knocking that. Her comments just seem disappointing and it would be nice to find out they were taken out of context or misunderstood but not holding out hope.
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12:29AM on 01/02/2012
Hate to say it cus I loved her in TGWTDT but this is kind of an obnoxious statement. It's one thing to say you did not like the experience (like many actors have done) or you did not like the end result, but to say that you did not want it at all and tried to sabotage your audition but ended up getting it anyway is terrible, like posters below me have said, people would've killed for that role!
Not to mention, again I hate to say it, she kind of sucked in ANOES. Kate Cassidy (the blonde girl)
Hate to say it cus I loved her in TGWTDT but this is kind of an obnoxious statement. It's one thing to say you did not like the experience (like many actors have done) or you did not like the end result, but to say that you did not want it at all and tried to sabotage your audition but ended up getting it anyway is terrible, like posters below me have said, people would've killed for that role!
Not to mention, again I hate to say it, she kind of sucked in ANOES. Kate Cassidy (the blonde girl) was actually much more appealing and did a good job in an otherwise terrible movie. If Mara is only good if her material is good then she is not that great of an actress to begin with.
She should be thankful for the roles that have gotten her where she is. If she had not gotten ANOES i doubt she would have gotten The Social Network.
I hope this newfound fame does not go to her head!
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12:02PM on 01/01/2012
I appriciate her honesty but she should be careful about being too open espicially when shes just begining to gain some heat and not an established star yet. Just look at Megan Fox she was the It girl but couldnt keep her yapper shut and was demoted back to lower B list. It just shows keeping ur opinion to urself in this media game is the best policy, u never know who ll piss off.
I appriciate her honesty but she should be careful about being too open espicially when shes just begining to gain some heat and not an established star yet. Just look at Megan Fox she was the It girl but couldnt keep her yapper shut and was demoted back to lower B list. It just shows keeping ur opinion to urself in this media game is the best policy, u never know who ll piss off.
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8:51PM on 12/31/2011
I can't blame her. The ANOES remake was abysmal, and would be a smudge upon anyone's career. I find it a bit ungrateful for her to apply for a role in a film and actually be upset that she got the role when others would be much more happy to serve it, especially for a series with a built-in fanbase to live up to, but considering that the film went through 11 scripts and many post-filming changes it's hard to say what she saw on paper and what we saw on celluloid. Regardless, though, I'm always
I can't blame her. The ANOES remake was abysmal, and would be a smudge upon anyone's career. I find it a bit ungrateful for her to apply for a role in a film and actually be upset that she got the role when others would be much more happy to serve it, especially for a series with a built-in fanbase to live up to, but considering that the film went through 11 scripts and many post-filming changes it's hard to say what she saw on paper and what we saw on celluloid. Regardless, though, I'm always up for a good 'ole ANOES-remake bashing!
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8:10PM on 12/31/2011
Oh and responding to SPILLED BLOOD, I used to think Kate was the sexier one but after seeing GWTDT I'm going to go with Rooney.
Oh and responding to SPILLED BLOOD, I used to think Kate was the sexier one but after seeing GWTDT I'm going to go with Rooney.
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5:58PM on 12/31/2011

Wait, wait, wait....

So you guys are saying she can't have an opinion because she was in a major hollywood picture that she thought sucked? She's shouldn't voice that?

I actually admire that kind of honesty. Of course she 100% sold me on her via GWTDT.

Being that she (or anyone) worked hard on something and wasn't happy with it in the end kinda gives you the right to bitch about it if you want.
So you guys are saying she can't have an opinion because she was in a major hollywood picture that she thought sucked? She's shouldn't voice that?

I actually admire that kind of honesty. Of course she 100% sold me on her via GWTDT.

Being that she (or anyone) worked hard on something and wasn't happy with it in the end kinda gives you the right to bitch about it if you want.
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8:09PM on 12/31/2011
It's not that she's voicing her opinion, it's that she's talking crap about these films just because she's been in more popular films now. I saw the behind the scenes of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake and she seemed enthusiastic about it. I feel like now that she's a big actress she's dissing that film because she thinks it will make her look better.
It's not that she's voicing her opinion, it's that she's talking crap about these films just because she's been in more popular films now. I saw the behind the scenes of the Nightmare on Elm Street remake and she seemed enthusiastic about it. I feel like now that she's a big actress she's dissing that film because she thinks it will make her look better.
4:45PM on 12/31/2011
She's a good actress but she shouldn't talk crap about her previous roles just because she's been in a couple Fincher films now. Seriously, she had like two scenes in The Social Network, her role in ANOES was much bigger and better. Her performance in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was great but she's kind of being a bitch now.
She's a good actress but she shouldn't talk crap about her previous roles just because she's been in a couple Fincher films now. Seriously, she had like two scenes in The Social Network, her role in ANOES was much bigger and better. Her performance in THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO was great but she's kind of being a bitch now.
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2:48PM on 12/31/2011
sorry but she seems likes she's a bit of an ungrateful b*tch, it wasn't a great movie no but not the worst by a long shot, so many other actresses would have killed for the role, she was slating law & order SVU a few weeks back, starting to dislike this woman now
sorry but she seems likes she's a bit of an ungrateful b*tch, it wasn't a great movie no but not the worst by a long shot, so many other actresses would have killed for the role, she was slating law & order SVU a few weeks back, starting to dislike this woman now
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12:21PM on 12/31/2011
NOES (2010) sucked. She can say anything terrible that she wants to say about it. So disappointing.
NOES (2010) sucked. She can say anything terrible that she wants to say about it. So disappointing.
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11:35AM on 12/31/2011
sorry im not trying to say NOES was a work of art or anything but I hate when people talk trash about having done a horror movie. It would be one thing to say she felt the project was going to be better than it turned out and she ultimately didnt like the end result but judging from what she says she felt it was beneath her. Those kind of comments always disappoint me. Horror is notoriously overlooked when it can provide some great roles for actors. I know everyone's gotta work and get a start
sorry im not trying to say NOES was a work of art or anything but I hate when people talk trash about having done a horror movie. It would be one thing to say she felt the project was going to be better than it turned out and she ultimately didnt like the end result but judging from what she says she felt it was beneath her. Those kind of comments always disappoint me. Horror is notoriously overlooked when it can provide some great roles for actors. I know everyone's gotta work and get a start but dont bite the hand that feeds you. It may not have been a great movie but it was far from being the worst movie ever and it's not like it was porn or all joking aside - something seedy to be ashamed of.
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