Would Scarlett Johansson Have Been 'Too Sexy' for 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo'?

Film 2011/10/18 13:00:00
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David Fincher's film adaptation of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" drew the attention of some of the biggest names in Hollywood, from Johnny Depp and George Clooney to Scarlett Johansson. and Ellen Page. While Fincher did end up giving the lead male role to a big name (Daniel Craig, our current James Bond), the female role went to a lesser-known actress named Rooney Mara -- even though Fincher says Johansson's audition was excellent.

His reason: Scarlett Johansson is just too hot.

Fincher recently told Vogue, "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."

An odd comparison, but OK. Still... Mara isn't exactly "E.T." here. The 26-year-old actress, probably best known for her role as Mark Zuckerberg's girlfriend at the beginning of "The Social Network," is actually very pretty. Sure, she looks a little alien in the promotions, but that's after makeup and hair.

It's not like Patty Jenkins picked Charlize Theron to play Aileen Wuornos in "Monster" because she looked like her. That took work. If he had gone with Die Antwoord rapper Yo-Landi Vi$$er, whom he reportedly approached with the film early on in the process, it would have made a little more sense.
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  • ProudProgressive 2011/10/18 15:40:14
    Nothing against Scarlett Johanssen, but the character of Lisbeth Salander depends greatly on her physical appearance and her discomfort with her own physical appearance. She's not SUPPOSED to be sexy or voluptuous - she's insecure about her own appearance and compensates in part by having a tougher attitude. I can't imagine Scarlett Johanssen looking insecure about her own appearance.

    Just my humble opinion.

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  • ErinGoBragh924 2011/10/18 23:14:05
    You guys keep showing pictures of Kate Mara, Rooney's sister.
  • Stache Man 2011/10/18 23:11:52
    Stache Man
    shes too sexy for everything/anything.
  • Ms. Macabre 2011/10/18 21:57:00
    Ms. Macabre
    Rooney mara is a fantastic actress. I'm glad she got the role instead of Scarlette.
  • Jalex 2011/10/18 21:24:24 (edited)
    I think movie magic can do just about anything for one's appearance, but I'm glad Johansson didn't get the role, as her 'greatest' performances have been passable at best, in my opinion.

    And the trailer made Mara's performance look extremely promising, making me even more glad Johansson won't be in it.
  • wes 2011/10/18 20:45:47
    Way too hot.........
  • AlexTheFork 2011/10/18 20:43:36
    I'm currently reading the book but from what I've read so far, Slander isn't supposed to be sexy.
  • ☆SPIDERPIECES☆: HERO of PHAET 2011/10/18 20:35:40
    She could ugly it up like Charlize Theron did for Monster.

    charlize theron monster
  • OneLast... ☆SPIDER... 2011/10/18 21:20:26
    Damn,....... that hard to believe the one on the right is the one on the left. Just think how many beers and cigarettes she had to down and smoke to look like that.
  • Hippie OneLast... 2011/10/19 06:24:12
    Actually she might not had to "down beers and smoke cigarettes" to look like that. You would be in utter shock of how famous peoples makeup teams can change them. She probably just took off all makeup and didn't do a thing to her hair.

    Makes you wonder how beautiful some of these "average" everyday women could look if they had a makeup team of they're own.
  • Ruby De... Hippie 2011/10/19 09:21:20
    Ruby Dear - The Fangirl of PHAET
    Charlize had to go through a massive transformation for monster. She put on 30lbs, had her hair fried and thinned, her eyebrows shaved and bleached, prosthetics on her eyelids, her face airbrushed to give her a bad complexion, plus fake teeth and contact lenses.
  • Hippie Ruby De... 2011/10/19 18:59:57
    Well I've never watched the movie therefore I wouldn't know anything about the fake teeth or weight gain. I figured pretty much that they had to air brush some "bad skin" on her but I was simply stating that it's amazing what makeup can do.
  • OneLast... Hippie 2011/10/19 13:15:21
  • thatsnotkawaii 2011/10/18 20:28:12
  • Hales 2011/10/18 20:25:28
    Not all heroines aren't supposed to be perfectly gorgeous, that's what makes them more realistic.
  • OneLast... Hales 2011/10/18 21:22:55 (edited)
    Yea,...... I see a lot of those realistic lookers at Wal-Mart, but I would not call them heroines.
  • Hales OneLast... 2011/10/19 18:41:59
    I'm talking about FICTIONAL heroines -- TVs books etc.
  • OneLast... Hales 2011/10/19 19:24:39 (edited)
    Got that. Was just kidding in the first place. :0)
  • Hales OneLast... 2011/10/19 23:57:19
    Alrighty. 8)
  • ♥NinjaKittenLovesYou♥ 2011/10/18 20:14:30
    in fact i like 'em both..so..no prob
  • Mitch BaLou 2011/10/18 19:43:33
    Mitch BaLou
    Rooney Mara isn't exactly chopped liver!

    Rooney Mara

    ... and she is a very good actress!

    Rooney Mara
  • Strickster Mitch B... 2011/10/18 21:14:18
    if you don't mind me asking, what's the movie 2nd pic's from?
  • Mitch B... Strickster 2011/10/18 21:23:38
    Mitch BaLou
    The remake of 'Nightmare on Elm Street' ... she was very good in it!
  • Strickster Mitch B... 2011/10/19 13:57:47
    oh, i've been wanting to watch that, for some time. One more reason to watch it, i guess. Thanks, man
  • Mitch B... Strickster 2011/10/19 14:51:02
    Mitch BaLou
    You're welcome!
  • OneLast... Mitch B... 2011/10/18 21:29:30
    Amen to that,.....she is a looker, but the producer wanted someone less known than Scarlett.
    Move studios can make anyone look ugly. But going the other way is a streach sometimes.
  • Mitch B... OneLast... 2011/10/18 21:55:35
    Mitch BaLou
    Like how they made Charlize Theron look in the 'Monster' movie?

    charlize theron monster charlize theron
  • Astro-Boy 2011/10/18 19:10:55
    No, just not a good enough actress.
  • OneLast... Astro-Boy 2011/10/18 21:31:56 (edited)
    Wrong, director/producer said her try-out was excellent,
  • Astro-Boy OneLast... 2011/10/18 22:21:24
    Then he'd have cast her. If an actress is that good, looks wouldn't have mattered.
  • jlbcalif OneLast... 2011/10/19 03:34:06
    all hollywood liberals
  • Miko 2011/10/18 18:57:26
    She is always sexy.
  • Hobbitt / Oldsquid 2011/10/18 18:57:16
    Hobbitt / Oldsquid
    Without a doubt.
  • John Locke 2011/10/18 18:49:38
    John Locke
    She is SOOOOOOO fine!
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2011/10/18 18:47:47
  • Rocky 2011/10/18 18:44:30
    She is a really gorgeous girl but why would anyone deny her this role? Wouldn't they want this movie to be more impressive? Have no idea who Rooney Mara is.
  • JQHiggins 2011/10/18 18:23:58
    I'd risk it. . . .
  • doc 2011/10/18 18:22:35
    Not too sexy but perhaps too Hollywood.
  • sarah boo doc 2011/10/18 18:24:56
    sarah boo
    rites add me as a friend
  • OneLastWord 2011/10/18 18:10:48 (edited)
    Yes following the book, but she (Scharlett) has a great set of everything. Problem is all men wouldn't be looking at her Tattoo.
  • I Wish I Were A Skywalker..... 2011/10/18 17:19:32
    I Wish I Were A Skywalker... ~ In Television I Trust
    More that she looks too happy, too healthy to play somebody that disturbed. Looks may not be everything in a role, and I'm sure she could act the part, I just don't think it would look right.

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