Daniel Craig talks Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Yes, it’s Still Dark.
In a recent interview with Esquire for the promotion of Cowboys and Aliens, out July 25th, Daniel Craig briefly talked about Fincher‘s take on Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. So far, American fans have had the privilege to see PG-13 versions of the original trailer and poster Fincher green lit and were shown to the European audience. As you can see above, the two posters are only one nipple away from being identical.
The movie, rated R, is an adaptation of the first book of Stieg Larsson‘s worldwide known Millenium Trilogy, the dark and political crime novels with unforgettable characters. Larson, who died just before the first book got published in Sweden, was a journalist and an activist who stand for many strong causes including rampant fascism and domestic violence. The original title of the first book in Swedish is Män som hatar kvinnor, which literally means Men Who Hate Women. Once again, the title who was preserved at least in France, was modified for the American audience. Seeing the books wild success, it is unlikely that the title change had an impact on readers behavior, but ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘ holds promises of skin-talk, and that sells.
All these elements might explain why fans of the books and of the original Swedish movie adaptation feared the American version will only turn the story into a ‘bigger, safer, money-maker‘ version. The Swedish movies had flaws, but Noomi Rapace was stunning as Lisbeth Salander and her presence only made the movies worth watching.
The wave of skepticism that followed the official announcement of an American version went quite when David Fincher, probably one of the few directors suited for this job with Fight Club, Se7en and Zodiac under his belt, was announced to direct the first movie.
Daniel Craig confirms:
“It’s as adult as you can possibly make it. This is adult drama. I grew up, as we fucking all did, watching The Godfather and that, movies that were made for adults. And this is a $100 million R-rated movie. Nobody makes those anymore. And Fincher, he’s not holding back. They’ve given him free rein. He showed me some scenes recently, and my hand was over my mouth, going, Are you fucking serious?”
The feel bad movie of Christmas just got more intriguing.