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David Fincher Says Scarlett Johansson Was Too Sexy For 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'

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Oct 18, 2011 | 6:49am EDT

Rooney Mara is on the cover of next month's Vogue, and the inside article it promotes is probably a great read. In fact, I've read enough Vogues to tell you exactly how it goes. It starts off with acknowledging that yes, her great grandfather founded the New York Giants, but maintains Mara doesn't spend any time thinking about it because benefiting from a legacy is not the way she wants to live her life. The writer will probably praise you for knowing that, and then he/she will talk about Mara's upbringing, which was probably pretty normal because she had an older sister named Kate and decided to go to college at New York University. It continues on with occasionally humorous remarks about Mara's waifish body type (ones which also convey how she had to force herself to accept her non-curves), and will possibly even reveal that like her character in The Social Network, people at NYU may have made fun of her bra size, too. It will then graciously (except not so graciously because the writer gets paid per word) plug her charity, Faces of Kibera, which provides food, medical care and shelter to orphans in Nairobi. Then the writer will talk a little bit about Mara's clothing and relay to us how it is normal and nondescript, which he or she will find surprising and he or she will try and use it as a way to show that Mara is not like other actresses her age, because Mara is much more casual and approachable because she tacks her jeans and has tank tops. And then there will be a section where Mara describes what it was like to pose nude with Daniel Craig to make the poster for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Mara will describe the experience as "cold." That, in a nutshell, is a Vogue article.

But the article isn't completely devoid of excitement, because David Fincher is quoted saying he auditioned Scarlett Johansson for the part of Lisbeth Salander, but he ultimately couldn't cast her because she was too sexy. He said, "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. 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. There were all these different versions of Salander, but the one that had the most layers was Rooney's. I kept coming back to this. I thought, This is the person to follow."

Fincher was right to select Mara over Johansson for the role of Lisbeth Salander because not only does Johansson have the wrong body type, she also carries an allure that would negatively soften the movie's darkest and most traumatic scenes. Johansson is much more of a sexpot with attitude and brains than a twisted, aloof and bisexual computer hacker, and she's better off starring in movies where Matt Damon plays a single father and taking nude pictures of herself instead of ones where she has to bleach her eyebrows and pierce her nipples. She's better off leaving that stuff to one of the 40 legacies to the Giants.

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Source: Vogue

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