So it appears that being recognized as one of the sexiest women in the world does have its drawbacks after all. In a profile of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara in the latest issue of Vogue, director David Fincher reveals that he auditioned Scarlett Johansson for the role of Lisbeth Salander in his upcoming adaptation, but ultimately passed on the comely actress because she was bit too attractive. “It was a great audition, I’m telling you,” Fincher tells the magazine. “But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off.” He then embarks on a rather unexpected analogy to explain his vision of the character, saying that the cinematic representation of 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.” Naturally, that left The Social Network’s Mara, an actress often compared to alien creature in Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster, as the only logical choice to play Salander.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo opens December 21, 2011.
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