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David Fincher thought Scarlett Johansson was too sexy to play Lisbeth Salander

10.17.2011

Most of us know that Scarlett Johansson is hot. Is ice cold? Do bears shit in the woods? It's a given.

Can you be too ridiculously good looking to take on a role? Yes you can. This is the reason that ScarJo was not cast as Lisbeth Salander in David Fincher's THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO.

In a profile for Vogue of Rooney Mara, the director said this, “We flew in people from New Zealand and Swaziland and all over the place. Look, we saw some amazing people. Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I’m telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off.” This was before her boob pics were leaked all over the internet. So now it's really no big surprise.

Then Fincher followed up with how he envisioned the actress playing Lisbeth would have to be like, “I keep trying to explain this. Salander should be like E.T. If you put E.T. dolls out before anyone had seen the movie, they would say, ‘What is this little squishy thing?’ Well, you know what? When he hides under the table and he grabs the Reese’s Pieces, you love him! It has to be like that."

So Rooney Mara is like a squishy little weird thing? Okay, I can follow with that analogy. Ultimately the actress won out, “There were all these different versions of Salander, but the one that had the most layers was Rooney’s. I thought, This is the person to follow.”

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Source: Vogue

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12:08PM on 10/18/2011
This would have been awful. I just saw the original and see no reason for this remake whatsoever, much like the awful remake of Let The Right One In. I will say that Mara LOOKS closer to the part I guess.
This would have been awful. I just saw the original and see no reason for this remake whatsoever, much like the awful remake of Let The Right One In. I will say that Mara LOOKS closer to the part I guess.
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6:54AM on 10/18/2011
It's probably best for casting Mara. Casting Johansson would distract audiences due to her beauty and sexiness.
It's probably best for casting Mara. Casting Johansson would distract audiences due to her beauty and sexiness.
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5:49AM on 10/18/2011
"Meanwhile, famous midget Tom Cruise is cast as the gigantic Jack Reacher for "bringing the right kind of physicality" to the role..."
"Meanwhile, famous midget Tom Cruise is cast as the gigantic Jack Reacher for "bringing the right kind of physicality" to the role..."
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9:51PM on 10/17/2011
So aside from being a horrific actress, Mara is also not as attractive as Johannsen? I could have told you that!
So aside from being a horrific actress, Mara is also not as attractive as Johannsen? I could have told you that!
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2:17PM on 10/18/2011
Remember that conversation we had about Fincher's obsession over Rooney? Fincher at least knows a sexy woman when he sees one.
Remember that conversation we had about Fincher's obsession over Rooney? Fincher at least knows a sexy woman when he sees one.
9:21PM on 10/17/2011
WAIT... why isnt the point of this article about leaked pics of ScarJo's boobies??? I got some google search'n to do!
WAIT... why isnt the point of this article about leaked pics of ScarJo's boobies??? I got some google search'n to do!
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9:01PM on 10/17/2011
Frankly, all those tattoos and piercings would've made Scarlett's body considerably less attractive to look at anyway. : P

As for the people saying Rooney got the part for being less attractive is ridiculous. She definitely has a nicer face than Scarlett... it more comes down to 'who would most prefer to see naked: the really skinny girl with the smallish rack, or the well-endowed voluptuous one?' The answer to that question is the one who's wrong for the part.
Frankly, all those tattoos and piercings would've made Scarlett's body considerably less attractive to look at anyway. : P

As for the people saying Rooney got the part for being less attractive is ridiculous. She definitely has a nicer face than Scarlett... it more comes down to 'who would most prefer to see naked: the really skinny girl with the smallish rack, or the well-endowed voluptuous one?' The answer to that question is the one who's wrong for the part.
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8:42PM on 10/17/2011

Not sure..

Not sure what you guys are reading. All he is saying is that Scarlett in a character like Lisbeth, wouldn't work because you cant really do anything with her because shes just ultimately going to be sexy.

With Rooney, youre basically taking a sexy girl to begin with, changing her up and then making her attractable again.

No one would believe someone like Scarlett as Lisbeth. Wouldn't work.
Not sure what you guys are reading. All he is saying is that Scarlett in a character like Lisbeth, wouldn't work because you cant really do anything with her because shes just ultimately going to be sexy.

With Rooney, youre basically taking a sexy girl to begin with, changing her up and then making her attractable again.

No one would believe someone like Scarlett as Lisbeth. Wouldn't work.
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8:00PM on 10/17/2011
She has a face that sometimes says hot, sometimes says soooooooooo not.
She has a face that sometimes says hot, sometimes says soooooooooo not.
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7:34PM on 10/17/2011
Well at least we have all seen Scarlett naked already but no she would have not fit as Lisbeth & is too known to play such a role not just for being too sexy.
Well at least we have all seen Scarlett naked already but no she would have not fit as Lisbeth & is too known to play such a role not just for being too sexy.
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7:30PM on 10/17/2011

lol

Rooney Mara is a much better actress although I'm sure she feels great that she got the role because she wasn't attractive enough to be rejected.
Rooney Mara is a much better actress although I'm sure she feels great that she got the role because she wasn't attractive enough to be rejected.
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6:53PM on 10/17/2011
That and the fact she's forgotten how to act and emote as time has gone by.
That and the fact she's forgotten how to act and emote as time has gone by.
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6:50PM on 10/17/2011
I'm sure that makes Rooney Mara feel wonderful about herself. She now knows she got the part because she was unattractive enough to get it.....How marvelous.
I'm sure that makes Rooney Mara feel wonderful about herself. She now knows she got the part because she was unattractive enough to get it.....How marvelous.
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6:57PM on 10/17/2011
Love this comment. Funny as hell.
Love this comment. Funny as hell.
12:06AM on 10/18/2011
Thank you. :)
Thank you. :)
6:37PM on 10/17/2011
She's hot, but personally I think Scarlett is a bitch.

I think Rooney Mara is going to be absolutely brilliant in the role.
She's hot, but personally I think Scarlett is a bitch.

I think Rooney Mara is going to be absolutely brilliant in the role.
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6:33PM on 10/17/2011
I'm glad he didn't cast Scarlett. I think she is completely wrong for the part. Plus Rooney Mara finally gets a role where we can really see what she is made of. Personally, I think she is going to kill it.
I'm glad he didn't cast Scarlett. I think she is completely wrong for the part. Plus Rooney Mara finally gets a role where we can really see what she is made of. Personally, I think she is going to kill it.
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6:30PM on 10/17/2011
I agree with everything Fincher said. That being said, I now completely hate him for depriving me of nude Scarlett Johansson movie posters.
I agree with everything Fincher said. That being said, I now completely hate him for depriving me of nude Scarlett Johansson movie posters.
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5:56PM on 10/17/2011
I completely agree with Fincher, I couldnt see Scarlett Johansson in a role like this and Fincher has proven himself to know what he's talking about
I completely agree with Fincher, I couldnt see Scarlett Johansson in a role like this and Fincher has proven himself to know what he's talking about
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5:31PM on 10/17/2011
No offense but this is old news.
No offense but this is old news.
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5:47PM on 10/17/2011
oh, shit! look at cool guy here.
oh, shit! look at cool guy here.
6:11PM on 10/17/2011
Yup I am extremely cool for stating a fact. Thank you for noticing.
Yup I am extremely cool for stating a fact. Thank you for noticing.
6:36PM on 10/17/2011
Sequencer wishes he was the cool guy for once in his life. Fail.
Sequencer wishes he was the cool guy for once in his life. Fail.
6:42PM on 10/17/2011
Heaven forbid somebody wanted to see NEWs on his movie news site...
Heaven forbid somebody wanted to see NEWs on his movie news site...
6:58PM on 10/17/2011
Don't get Collin Ferrell angry. HE HAS A GUN!
Don't get Collin Ferrell angry. HE HAS A GUN!
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