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Daniel Craig: 'Today' Interview with Matt Lauer!

Daniel Craig: 'Today' Interview with Matt Lauer!

Daniel Craig signs autographs for fans as he leaves a taping of Live! with Kelly on Friday (December 16) in New York City.

The 43-year-old actor went on the talk show to promote his film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

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Earlier in the day, Daniel went on Today to talk about the film with Matt Lauer!

“I knew once I met Rooney and talked to David [Fincher] that she was the right girl for the part,” David told Matt about his co-star. “She hits it out of the park.”

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  • to jess

    honestly, not interested in your videos ever

  • susan

    four more days until Dragon Tattoo. can hardly wait. Daniel was so good on Live. although, i’m not sure about that red scarf. but even so Daniel looks so handsome.

  • KAKA

    Where is the clip of Daniel on Live! with Kelly? I want to see that!

  • Qtee

    I saw Daniel was beating Stephen Colbert at arm wrestling on The Colbert Report last night. So ****ing funny!!

  • Alex

    Keep Ann Curry off Daniel, would you? LOL

  • Diana

    I think Matt likes Daniel because NBC eyes Ryan Seacrest to replace Matt On ‘Today Show’. Seacrest and the Kardashian klan are on the same team.

  • RC2012

    @Diana: I think Matt likes Daniel because Matt is a JOURNALIST, a PROFESSIONAL and a GOOD INTERVIEWER. Daniel looked great and they always have good interviews together. Ann Curry on the other hand needs to be stopped. Can we get rid of her and keep Matt?

  • WheresFio

    :: twiddles for thumbs :: ;)

  • DakotaFan

    Is it just me or is he looking seriously old and washed out. ………. oh well I suppose even on his worst day he is hotter than most

  • RC2012

    @DakotaFan: I think that’s part of the attraction…his aging makes him seem even more manly compared to some of the men (i.e. Tom Cruise) who are afraid to age in Hollywood. He is and will always be ruggedly handsome.

  • Mendel

    Oh wow, I love the photos! Yes, Dan is definitely ruggedly handsome *drool*

    And Susan, I really like the scarf – it’s so ‘non-Bondian’, I love the contrast!

  • Review

    MTV Names ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Best Movie of 2011

  • Lucas

    Daniel, thank heavens that you have the guts (b_lls) to call the “Kardashians” F_cking Idiots”. Tell it like it is. the Truth…..

  • Charlie Rose – Video

    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    with Rooney Mar, Robin Wright, Daniel Craig, David Fincher, Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgard
    in Movies, TV & Theater
    on Thursday, December 15, 2011

  • Fio

    Hi, susan
    I guess Daniel borrowed the red scarf from Rachel. lol
    to WheresFio
    to Alex
    Well, Ann tends to get really absorbed, but it’s not her fault. Nobody can resist his foxy! :)
    to RC2012
    “his aging makes him seem even more manly compared to some of the men (i.e. Tom Cruise) who are afraid to age in Hollywood.”
    I couldn’t agree more!!

  • Fio

    Oh, great shoot!!

    Daniel Craig warms a chilly day – Daniel Craig looks swoonsome in New York
    DANIEL Craig, this is better!

    While we were disappointed that you chose to conceal your gorgeous bod from us at the London premiere of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the outfit we spotting you wearing in New York yesterday has gone some way towards making up for it.

    Okay, so we’d have preferred a pair of swimming trunks.

    But since it’s December – and the season of goodwill – we’ll let you off.

    This time.

    Because we know your muscles are bulging, secretly, under that teeny denim jacket.

    And we think the red scarf looks kind of rakish.

  • Fio

    In Which Daniel Craig Does Colbert’s Laundry
    There are many reasons to watch all the way to the end of this short video clip, from Daniel Craig’s recent appearance on The Colbert Report. One: It’ll take a few minutes to fully grasp how perfectly Craig’s suit fits. Or how nice that shade of grey in his shirt looks. Or how graciously he laughs off jokes without seeming like he doesn’t have a sense of humor. Then, at the very end, the man who plays James Bond will tell you, in a very British way, how he washes his sweater vests. No, really.

  • Fio

    Live With Kelly: Daniel Craig “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”
    Kelly Ripa: Daniel Craig Interview

    Kelly Ripa and Michael Buble welcomed Movie Star Daniel Craig to the show. He stars in the upcoming film The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Movie

    Daniel Craig stars as Mikael Blomkvist in the American film adapatation of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Kelly Ripa and Michael Buble both saw the film and praised his work in the dark, captivating thriller.

    Daniel Craig said that he read Steig Larsson’s book series before taking on the role.

    Image Credit: Entertainment Press /

    But he has not seen the Swedish trilogy of films that the books inspired. He praised the story for taking on strong themes of sexual politics and violence against women.

    Daniel Craig said that he ate a lot of junk food to gain weight for this role.

    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher, opens nationwide December 20, 2011.
    Daniel Craig: Layer Cake

    Michael Buble said he first got to know Daniel Craig in the film Layer Cake, which Michael Buble watched multiple times on his tour bus. Daniel Craig said that his role in Layer Cake was one of a handful of performances in the early 2000s that got him noticed, which eventually led to his casting as James Bond in the current era of the 007 movie franchise.

    Skyfall: James Bond Movie with Daniel Craig

    After six weeks of production, Daniel Craig is currently on a break from shooting his latest James Bond Movie, Skyfall, which is slated to debut in 2012. His co-stars in this new film include Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem.

    He said that after putting on weight for his role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, he spent 10 weeks doing workouts five days a week to get back into James Bond shape. Daniel Craig will have a holiday break after he finishes promoting The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

  • Fio

    Even if he wears a suits, his biceps can be seen. Phwoarrrrr!!

  • Fio

    Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig Interview for THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO

  • bissgirl

    Dan looks great. Cant wait

  • bissgirl

    Dan looks great. Cant wait

  • Fio

    Filming goes hand in hand with danger!! His ball was hit when he shot CR, Fincher and the crews knocked out Daniel then.

    How to Knock Out Daniel Craig, and 8 Other Revelations From the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Team
    The formidable creative team behind the new adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo reconvened today in New York, where director David Fincher, screenwriter Steven Zaillian, and stars Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer and Stellan Skarsgård talked things over with a few dozen members of the press. Movieline was there to capture a range of revealing back stories, true confessions and amusing — if slightly harrowing — anecdotes from the shoot. Read on for the full report.

    [Spoilers ahead]

    1. Sure, this was a hit film less than three years ago. So what?
    “It doesn’t worry me, no,” said Craig, asked about any apprehensions that the English-language adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-seller follows so soon after the hit Swedish adaptation from early 2009. “I think that the source material is good enough, and I think that everybody wins in this situation. I think we have 65 million readers of the book; we have, obviously, the Swedish/Danish version of the movie. But may get, as well, everybody who sees this movie to go back and read the book or watch the Swedish version. It’s a win-win.”

    2. Zaillian still hasn’t seen the earlier adaptation…
    “I had read the book,” he said. “I hadn’t seen the film when I decided to take it on. I avoided seeing the film. I was interested in adapting the book— not doing a remake of the film. So to this day, I don’t really know what the similarities and the differences are between the two movies. I just thought it was a great book.”

    3. …and Mara still hasn’t seen the new one.
    Although, for the record, Plummer acknowledged having watched Fincher’s film twice, and Craig was so happy with it that he phoned the director with his compliments.

    “I saw it,” Craig said, “and I got in touch with David, and I said it was one of the rare occasions of my career where that was the movie that we set out to make. That’s all I can say really — that’s it. I was very, very pleased.”

    A beat ensued before Mara — who by far has the film’s most difficult scenes — raised her microphone and confessed: “I haven’t seen it yet.”

  • Fio

    4. The brilliant title sequence, explained.
    I alluded to Dragon Tattoo’s opening credits a few days ago — an inky, fluid, black-on-black fusion of sex, knowledge, anguish and technology set to Trent Reznor and Karen O’s cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “Immigrant Song” — and probably could have listened to Fincher talk about it all day.

    “I think title sequences are an opportunity to set the stage,” he said, “or to get people thinking in different terms, maybe, than whatever it is the movie to be going in. Often times, when movies are marketed, it’s more with an idea toward, ‘What’s the consensus that everybody has that will get them into the 7 o’clock show. So often times a title sequence can help reorient their thinking. And I liked the idea of this sort of primordial tar or ooze of the subconscious, and I liked the idea that it was her nightmare.”

    5. Incidentally, licensing Led Zeppelin isn’t as hard as you’ve heard.
    The legendary band — songwriters Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, really — rarely allow their music to be used in films and TV. Yet there is “Immigrant Song” wailing and thrashing over the intro. What gave?

    “I think they wanted to make sure that we respected it,” Fincher explained. “And it was our intention all along to communicate that we didn’t want to run it into the ground. We didn’t want to use it in a television spot. We wanted to pick specific spots — the teaser and the title sequence — to do it. It was actually pretty easy. We wanted to make sure they understood it was going to be a cover. We weren’t going to license the actual performance. We wanted to do it with a woman’s voice. So it kind of went down [easily].”

    6. About all that smoking…
    Asking about the roughly 4,000 cigarettes smoked in Dragon Tattoo, I drew a vague reproach from Mara: “Did you read the book?” she replied. Hoping privately that something as subversive as unapologetic, compulsive chain-smoking in a contemporary Hollywood movie — in the days when studios are endlessly under siege by the anti-tobacco lobby — didn’t come down to something as obvious as “Stieg said so,” I responded I had not read the book.

    “We took a lot of the cigarettes and coffee out,” Fincher said.” Actually, there was a time in preproduction where — in jest — we were literally going to begin every scene with a cup of coffee and a cigarette burning in homage to Stieg.”

    “There’s a lot of smoking in the book,” Mara added. “Much more than in the movie.”

    “But that’s the most subversive thing about it?” Fincher asked me, seemingly baffled. Basically I said that for Hollywood, yes — Dragon Tattoo plays like a conscious act of resistance to the cigarette culture cops lobbying Hollywood to cut back smoking in movies.

    “Understandably,” Fincher said, shrugging. “Maybe that’s part of our hard-R.”

  • Fio

    7. Unsexing the Blomqvist
    Asked why he decided to downplay the journalist hero’s sluttier side (as detailed in Larsson’s novel), Zaillian emphasized practicality. “I’m always looking to take stuff out when a book is 600 pages long, and that was something that didn’t seem necessary to me,” he said. “I started to feel like he was Warren Beatty in Shampoo or something, and that wasn’t the story we were trying to tell.”

    8. No one is officially attached to the trilogy’s next two adaptations — yet.
    Zaillian acknowledged that he’d read both The Girl Who Played With Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest to divine any key future details that need call outs in Dragon Tattoo. Nevertheless, he hasn’t written nor been commissioned to write the sequels — if they even occur. Which, in all likelihood, they will, but hey.

    “It remains to be seen if two and three are going to be made,” Zaillian said. “I did not commit to writing the other ones when I agreed to do this one. It was just one film.”

    One journalist followed up on this with Fincher, Craig and Mara, inquiring further as to their possible participation and whether or not they would shoot the latter pair of adaptations in tandem.

    “I’d love to,” Craig replied.

    “Same,” Mara added.

    “Classically,” Fincher said, “movie studios don’t make deals with directors for [more films] even if there’s a hope that there’s going to be three, because they want to make sure that you behave. But yes: The second two books are very much one story, and it doesn’t seem prudent to me to go to Sweden for a year, come back for a year, put out the second one, go to Sweden for a year, come back for a year…”

    Here Mara shook her head, coaxing a laugh from both Fincher and the audience.

    “Yeah,” Fincher continued. “I don’t think Rooney wants to be doing this four years from now. So no; I think that would be crazy, especially given the sense that it’s really one story that’s kind of bifurcated in the middle.”

    9. They knocked out the leading man.
    Discussing the film’s climactic showdown between Blomkvist and the killer — which required Craig to be bound, strung from the ceiling and suffocated — the star and the director confirmed that the situation was both as unpleasant and dangerous as it looked.

    “The first night that we got that hoisting,” Fincher said, “the stunt coordinator came in and said [Craig] should hold this little metal thing in his hand so that if he does lose consciousness… Because he’s going to be acting like he’s suffocating, which is not very different from actually suffocating. So it was going to be hard to kind of see. So he would have this little metal thing in his hand, and he was hoisted up, and we were rolling and—”

    “How come you didn’t do that for me?” Mara asked.

    “There was a code word!” Craig said.

    “Yeah, the code word was, ‘Unnhhh!,’” Fincher said, referring to the Lisbeth’s gag in the film’s rape scene. “That much is true. So he had it, and we were watching the monitor, and as I’m watching the monitor, I hear, ‘Ting, ting, ting. And we rush in and he had passed out. So we, uh, wrapped then. And on the production report was, ‘Let Daniel go 15 minutes early due to unconsciousness.’”

    Craig smiled: “Just another day working with David Fincher.”

  • Fio

    Daniel Craig Calls ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Very ‘Adult’ Movie
    Mara has been earning raves for her performance as the damaged heroine and even netted a Golden Globe nomination on Thursday. Craig said he had no doubts as to the newcomer’s abilities.

    “We all knew she was good. She’s just committed as an actress, and she made all of the right choices with David’s help and everyone else’s help,” he said. “She’s just blossomed as somebody. As I said, we knew from the beginning that she was good enough — it was everyone else who had the problem.”

    Best known for her work in Fincher’s “The Social Network,” Mara returned the compliment, expressing gratitude for Craig’s help and guidance on set. “Daniel is an incredible actor, and I don’t think we’ve seen him in a role like this before, and he’s brilliant,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better person to sort of have my coming out. He was very patient and generous with me.”

    “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” opens December 20, a day earlier than its initial release date.

  • Fio

    Three is not enough: Daniel Craig could become longest-running James Bond after multi-million pound film deal

    Perhaps it was those swimming trunks in Casino Royale that did it?

    Or maybe it’s simply because Daniel Craig is the most convincing James Bond in nearly 50 years.

    Whatever the reason the 43-year-old actor could become the longest serving 007 of all time after being offered a multi-million pound deal

    In an interview with The People, Bond producer Michael G Wilson said he would love Craig to do five more films, taking his total to eight.

    That would put him ahead of current longest-running Bond Roger Moore by just one movie. It would also knock Sean Connery, who played the spy in six films, from second position.

    Pierce Brosnan donned the tux for four films, Timothy Dalton for two and George Lazenby starred in just one – On her Majesty’s Secret Service from 1969.

    Craig is currently filming his third Bond film Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes and due out next year.

    Wilson told the paper: ‘Daniel’s been a terrific Bond, a superb actor and a ­terrific man. The fans love him and I don’t think there’s a better actor to play the part.
    ‘I’d love Daniel to surpass Roger’s record and do eight pictures. A lot of people have said Daniel’s been their favourite Bond since Sean Connery and I can’t argue with them. He’s doing a great job.’

    While Wilson did not confirm financial details, it is rumoured Craig will earn more than the £8million he is reportedly being paid for Skyfall.
    Casino Royale was the most successful Bond film in the franchise’s history taking more than £300million at the box office.
    Fans can expect a hark back to the 1960s Bond style in Skyfall according to Wilson, whose stepfather Cubby Broccoli started the franchise in 1962.

    The director Sam Mendes and Daniel are taking it back to a 60s feel – more Sean,’ the 69-year-old said.
    ‘I think that’s what the fans wanted. There’s a magical Goldfinger feel ­surrounding it all. It’s all very exciting.’
    Wilson also recently revealed that all six Bonds – Sean Connery, 81, George Lazenby, 72, Moore, 84, Timothy Dalton, 65, Pierce Brosnan, 58, and Craig – may get together to celebrate the franchise’s 50th anniversary next year.
    We’d really like to get all six together,’ Wilson said. ‘We’re trying to find a way for fans to celebrate with us ­because they’ve been the reason the Bond films have been the success they have.’
    Plans include opening up Pinewood Studios, where the movies are filmed, and give master classes for fans.

    ‘At the moment these are just ideas so you’ll have to wait and see,’ Wilson said before adding: ‘Whatever happens it will be a special year for Bond fans.’

  • Fio

    I love Daniel eating Gummi Bears!! :)

    Craig sheds his Bond persona
    Daniel Craig is the sort of bloke who prefers to make his own phone calls.

    That may sound unremarkable, unless you’ve conducted celeb “phoner” interviews before, which are usually preceded by a call from a publicist heralding the upcoming chat.

    “I love that, ‘heralding,’” an amused Craig says over the phone in a Canadian-exclusive interview from Sweden (where he’s promoting David Fincher’s English-language remake of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which opens across Canada on Tuesday night).

    “Because that’s what it is, isn’t it? ‘I have Daniel Craig on the line. Oh, how exciting!’”

    Craig has an undeservedly dour image, mainly based on his apparent inability to smile on cue for photographers. But he laughs several times over the course of our interview, vowing to use my standard response to people who object on principle to the very idea of a remake, “Did you read the book in Swedish?”

    “I’ll remember that. I’m going to use that,” he says, chuckling.

    But he’s particularly jocular about the irony of playing a journalist, a breed with whom he supposedly has a contentious relationship.

    As disgraced Swedish journalist/corruption-hunter Mikael Blomkvist, who joins forces with an emotionally scarred computer-hacking young woman named Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) to crack a serial-killing case, he’s a slightly more rumpled version of the man last seen as James Bond in Quantum of Solace. Did he follow a journalist’s regimen?

    “I tried. I really did,” he says, cheerily. “I drank a bottle of red wine every night, and a big bowl of pasta. And then the mini-bar would get raided for Gummi Bears and chocolate.

    “I also smoked a lot on this film, because Blomkvist was smoking. I’ve smoked on and off for a while. Disgusting habit, but it’s part of who Mikael was. I was a smoker by the end.” (He has since quit to get back into Bond shape for the new film, Skyfall.)

    “I do get this reaction, which is so interesting, people saying, ‘You’re playing a journalist. Isn’t that kind of hypocritical?’ It’s a tag I’ve got, because I’m very vocal of the fact that I have a private life (including a recent marriage to actress Rachel Weisz), and that sort of butts up against people’s ideas of ownership of my private life.

    “But journalism is incredibly important. You see it when it breaks down and free press is abolished. The truth disappears and you get a totalitarian system.

    “A free press is essential to a democratic society. I understand that,” he says, adding that were he still alive, Dragon Tattoo trilogy author “Stieg Larsson would be front and centre at the moment with his take on the current state of affairs in the world.” (There is a subtext in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo about big-moneyed interests corrupting both the media and government).

    Craig’s mission in the movie, he feels, was to seem normal.

    “I’m dealing with a broken man with a big ego. That’s the appeal and the pitfall of the character. He’s an egotist and he’s got himself into trouble, not fact-checking being one of his problems, which is a bad one if you’re being sued by a billionaire.

    “My main aim was to get him to be as normal as possible. I wasn’t trying to break preconceptions of being James Bond and all that, but I was trying to make him normal. When he gets shot at, he runs away, there’s no kind of heroism about him. But it doesn’t make him less of a man, he’s just reacting exactly the way human beings would normally react.

    “And then you throw in this fantastic character Salander, who makes the story so great. He’s egotistical, he loves women, and he’s always brutally honest about everything. Therefore he’s kind of a good person to have in your life. That’s what Lisbeth kind of sees in him.”

    We are, in fact, seeing a lot of the non-007 Daniel Craig lately — in this past summer’s Cowboys & Aliens and Steven Spielberg’ upcoming The Adventures of Tintin, for example. And we can thank the recent money troubles of MGM for that. The Bond franchise was in limbo for several months until the studio was floated with some new investment.

    “It was in hiatus, and we were waiting for that to be sorted out,” Craig recalls. “But I can’t sit around and wait for them to make a decision that may not come, and I’m going to be stuck not working.

    “It gave me an opportunity to do a cowboy movie, which I’ve always wanted to do, and then this came along, so it worked out very well for me.”

    We use the delicate word “underperformed” to describe Cowboys & Aliens’ box office. “It’s so depressing, that word,” Craig replies with a chuckle.

    “Look, it did pretty good. It underperformed in North America where all the judgment is put, but it did pretty well around the world. I really did get to fulfil a childhood dream. So I got a lot out of it.”

    Tintin (in which he voices the villain Sakharine) was a sensory deprivation experience that he describes as “kind of fun. It was a great, fun cast, Steven was in a really good mood. I did two weeks two years ago on that film, which is what mo-cap (motion capture) is all about. We had a good time and laughed a lot. You have to laugh when you’re wearing a leotard.”

    But The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was the real hiatus prize. Its smartness “was one of the major attractions, apart from, obviously, David Fincher being involved. I think this movie is a beautiful piece of work. It’s an adult drama and I think it’s something that, to my mind, hasn’t been around for a while.

    “Yes, it is a risk in a way. But I’m hoping a lot of people will go and see it. I think they will. It’s tough movie watching. It makes you sweat a bit, and I’m really kind of proud to be part of it.”

    And it’s not in 3D, we add.

    “No, thank Christ,” Craig says.


    Where you may have seen him first: As John Ballard, the murderous young priest assigned to assassinate the Queen (Cate Blanchett) in Elizabeth.

    Where you probably saw him first: Opposite Angelina Jolie as fellow tomb raider/love interest Alex West in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

    Where you must see him, if you haven’t already: As the unnamed London druglord, trying to get out of the business in Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake.

    Who he reportedly beat for the role of James Bond: Clive Owen, Hugh Jackman, Colin Farrell, Eric Bana, Ewan McGregor.

    Why he’s a “buff” Connery-type Bond instead of a Roger Moore: “Returning to Bond form took me about 12 weeks, five days a week, hell on earth, all of those wonderful things. You have to get back in the gym as painful as it is. I hanker after Roger’s job, I really do. But when I read the Casino Royale script I thought, ‘This guy’s got to be fit, he’s got to be a killer.’ I wanted to make him into something very physical.”

  • Fio


    zombutler: Two words that have made the entire Dragon Tattoo press run worthwhile, via Daniel Craig: “If you could get a piercing anywhere?” “My cock.”
    9 hours ago via Echofon

  • Fio

    At 82, Plummer’s in his prime – Actor attracts Oscar buzz, stars in thriller
    Q: Did you find Dragon Tattoo bleak?

    A: Yes. I’m about the only nice guy in the picture, except that David Fincher works very cleverly in even making me look, for a couple of seconds, like a red herring.

    Q: Is it a device you worked on?

    A: It helps when you have to deal with the long and rather complex plot.

    So I added both humour and the occasional sinister look. That’s why I love the character.

    Q: So you played into the stately patriarch with a possible ulterior motive. Did you decide on that approach?

    A: That’s sort of obvious when you read the script. You warm to old Henry Vanger, who’s such a victim of this dreadful family.

    At least he has a sense of humour about his dreadful family, which is charming.

    Q: The Dragon Tattoo actors get to shine, but Fincher’s detailed directing style is apparent, too. Do you agree?

    A: He’s so brilliant at all of that stuff, and he’s not like so many younger directors today, who always want to show they can fast-cut quicker than anyone else.

    Q: Did you enjoy working with Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara?

    A: It was delightful playing with Daniel Craig. Everyone thinks of him as James Bond, but he’s a terrific actor. I thought that his Blomkvist was right on the nose.

    The real revelation, of course, is Rooney Mara. That’s a staggering performance (as Salander).

  • Fio

    Comparing the Swedish and US versions of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
    The dynamics that Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig bring to their roles changes this. There’s a vulnerability beneath Lisbeth’s spiky exterior in Fincher’s film. Craig, meanwhile, is far more relatable – funny, even – as Mikael. Old though he is, at least compared to the 23-year-old Lisbeth, we can understand why a strange kind of attraction should exist between them.

    The amount of gruesome detail in the story requires a believable, human edge – some light as well as shade. Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig bring this in their great performances.

    Mara will rightly get a lot of attention for a brave performance that couldn’t have been easy to pull off. As the extraordinarily intelligent yet troubled Lisbeth, she balances strength and anger with the perfect touch of vulnerability – she’s strong, incisive and capable, and occasionally her actions border on the sociopathic, but underneath she’s alone and desperate for human contact.

    Craig is almost as good. His character is necessarily less magnetic than the force-of-nature Lisbeth, but there’s a warmth to Mikael that I felt was absent in Michael Nyqvist’s performance. Look, for example, at the way Craig reacts after he receives a glancing blow across the forehead from a bullet – having had his graze stitched back up by Lisbeth, he sits around afterwards, whining about how much it hurts. It’s easy to forget that Craig is also James Bond – and that’s the sign of a great actor.

  • Fio

    Steven Zaillian interview: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, directing, Jack Ryan, and David Fincher
    Going back to Dragon Tattoo, then, you have two central characters of equal fascination. With some justification, I think that most of the attention will be focussed on the character of Lisbeth. But the film, and the story, doesn’t work for me if Daniel Craig’s character doesn’t. He’s the lynchpin.

    He is.

    Adapting that, that’s the hard bit to me. Was he tricky to capture?

    It wasn’t that he was tricky, it was that he’s important.

    I agree with you. He’s really important, he really is the character that we see the story through, even though we’re cutting away from him and seeing what she’s doing.

    It almost transfers over the course of the movie from him to her. We start with him, we end with her.

    We have no way in if he doesn’t work, though.

    Absolutely. And I think that Daniel, it’s a great performance. It’s such an understated performance, in the best possible way. He’s not going for anything broad, he’s just so real. And that was the idea of the character. He’s a serious, down to earth guy, who is not an actual hero.

    You’re economic with his dialogue, too.

    Yeah. And a lot of what you get from him isn’t even in the dialogue, it’s in his behaviour. Scenes with him and his cat, sitting around in the cottage.

  • Fio

    Rooney is tougher than Daniel!! lol

    Rooney Mara says online comments ‘not easy to read’
    The actress was cast as Lisbeth Salander in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo last year, but some fans of the original book weren’t happy with that.

    “It’s not easy to read that stuff but at the end of the day I really believed I could do this and you have to go into it without hesitation,” she said.

    The film has its UK release on 26 December.

    The 26-year-old says she tried not to let the negative comments bother her.

    “I did look online a few times, it’s hard not to look at that stuff. But I didn’t really care, to be honest,” she says.

    Mara says she didn’t feel she was in competition with other actresses when producers were casting her new role.

    “I always knew the studio were either going hire a very established, accomplished actress, or they were going to hire someone new,” she said.

    A number of high profile actresses had been considered for the part of Lisbeth Salander, but Mara says: “I never felt like I was up against them.”

    Rooney Mara Excited By Golden Globe Nod
    Speaking to Entertainment Weekly the actress said: “It’s really exciting. It was a very happy surprise this morning.

    “It’s always great when you work really hard on something and people show their appreciation for that work.

    Mara has been working hard to promote the movie over the last week, the film getting it’s world premiere in London, she forgot that the nominations were being announced on Thursday.

    “Honestly, because of our crazy schedule having three premieres in three countries in three nights, I totally forgot they were even doing this today.I was half asleep having hair and make-up done to go do something else.

    “So I really was actually quite surprised. My mum came running in sort of jumping up and down. I was like, what is wrong with you?”

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    Great discussion and AWESOME pic!!

    ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’: An Interview With Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, and David Fincher – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is a movie for outcasts (and everyone else). Louise Roug sat down with Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, and David Fincher to discuss it.







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    Rachel is still shooting OZ in Detroit, Michigan so Daniel went to meet her!
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    Apparently Daniel Craig is in Michigan right now
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    ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’
    Daniel Craig is utterly persuasive as Blomkvist, a clever man but no action hero. His flinching shock when he stumbles across a grisly sight is so quick and unexpected that we jump in our chairs even before we’re shown what he has seen. His attraction to the uncanny Lisbeth, who mounts him repeatedly and graphically, is believable, and so is his hesitation at becoming deeply involved with an emotionally volatile 23-year-old genius who can hack into all his computers. As usual in a Fincher production, every frame is composed with care befitting a Faberge egg. He uses space thrillingly, making an open-plan modern house with glass walls into a foreboding maze, and turning pleasant Swedish streets into floodgates of menace. The last scene, nearly wordless, is one of the great heartbreakers of modern film. With this film, Fincher has made his first love story. It’s a killer.

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    När jag mötte Hollywood
    (QUOTE, Google Translation)
    Thomas Lothström, Segersta:
    I remember the first day when Daniel Craig came to Kilafors. He flew straight here when he came to Sweden. Everyone thought it would be very Hollywood but then it turned out that he play anything down himself very well by drinking tea with everyone else in the backyard of a house when we were filming. I do not have a good handle on what the actors did during their free time in these parts, they kept mostly to themselves. But they seemed very calm, David Fincher cycling course, and even on your own in Stockholm in the evening when he was there.
    Ellen Nyqvist, an extra in the film and Michael Nyqvist daughter:

    My involvement in the film is really a coincidence. I worked at the cafe Coffee for a year. Fincher chose to film right there because the owner is the same as had Stieg Larsson’s favorite coffee shop coffee bar. He chose to take the usual cafeteria staff instead of an actor because it would be so stupid to bring in someone else who could not make coffee, and we were surely there. There was no one who knew my dad had played Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish version from scratch. At first I did not tell it because I thought it was embarrassing. When I got to work on the day of shooting, I thought I would just serve coffee, but I had lines and everything. Me and Daniel Craig shot a whole day, but replicas were cut off in the final version. We filmed in twelve hours and I waited all day to tell you what it was. Only at the end dare I say, and he was entirely to themselves “oh my god, this is destiny, this Means Something,” he kept on. David Fincher was also entirely at himself when he was told. He’s so much to small details and just because of course it was extra special. Prior to filming, I was most nervous for him, he is my big idol so it was jättehäftigt. I love his movies. But he was a bit difficult socially, you could not get in touch with him personally. Daniel Craig is really nice and friendly and helpful. He is not at all divig or unpleasant, as many may think, but a very warm person. When my father was told that I would be in the movie he thought it was great. I thought he would sit in the cafe and be statistically but it did not think he was an equally good idea. He actually came out from the last days and greeted everyone. We tend to joke a little home that he may take the Swedish films, so I’ll take Hollywood.

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    From Bond To Blomkvist: Daniel Craig’s Next Big Role
    Actor Daniel Craig is used to taking on iconic characters. In 2006, he famously shook up the 007 franchise as a new, blond James Bond. And his latest on-screen character, though he has somewhat less swagger and not nearly as much style, is almost as well-known.

    In David Fincher’s film of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Craig plays investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist, the leading man in a trio of thrillers by Swedish author Stieg Larsson that has sold 65 million copies worldwide.

    “He has a very strong moral code,” Craig tells NPR’s Linda Wertheimer about Blomkvist. “He’s basically trying to fight injustice and goes for this industrialist who he believes to be a crook.”

    But Blomkvist doesn’t check his facts thoroughly, Craig says, and he winds up being sued. That’s where the movie begins — with Blomkvist jobless after losing his life savings in the lawsuit.

    When he’s tasked with solving the 40-year-old murder of a teenage girl on a remote Swedish island, Blomkvist teams up with one of the most original characters to pop off the page in many years — the anti-social, part-goth, part-punk computer hacker Lisbeth Salander.

    The difference between the suave Bond and the rumpled Blomkvist is huge — but the stories were so captivating that Craig couldn’t turn down the role.

    “It was one of those situations where everybody was reading [the book],” Craig says. “I was trying to avoid it, like one does occasionally when certain people recommend something.”

    But eventually, on a vacation, Craig broke down and read Dragon Tattoo — and was struck immediately by the central characters.

    “She’s been beaten down and abused all her life and still has managed to retain underneath it all sort of this humanity and this sense of injustice,” Craig says. “And together they make this great team — and [they] shouldn’t really have anything to do with each other.”

    As for figuring out who Blomkvist was, it seemed important, especially in a thriller as dark and complicated as this one, to think of him as a regular guy.

    “He was normal,” Craig says. “He’s egotistical. … His hubris sort of got him into trouble. But he’s a good person.”

    Craig says he wanted to make sure that Blomkvist came across as a real person — “so that when put into jeopardy or when put into a sort of an extraordinary situation,” the character did what any regular guy would do. “When he gets shot at, he runs away.”

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    An ‘Impossible Task’

    Craig is perhaps singularly equipped to play a character familiar to millions — not just from the Larsson books, but from the original Swedish-language films starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth. He is, after all, the fifth actor to shoulder the burden of being Bond, James Bond.

    “I’d done that already,” he says slyly. “I didn’t have a real problem with it — I didn’t.”

    He trusted his director to make it work.

    “I knew that putting this into the hands of someone like David Fincher was going to result in something special,” he says. “And obviously, there’s no way we can please all 65 million people. It’s an impossible task. … When you read a novel, your own imagery is the most important. It’s what makes reading such a wonderful thing.”

    So he hopes that when people see this version of the film, it will inspire them to see the Swedish-language version, reread the books — or buy them for the first time.

    “In a way, we all win.”

    He’s in the middle of shooting the next Bond film, and the prospect of two more films involving Blomkvist hovers in the future. That’s two huge franchises for one actor — and a franchise can be a curse as well as a blessing.

    “I struggled long and hard about whether I would do [the Bond films], because I’ve been working in this business for 20 years and I’ve been more than successful,” Craig says. “I was doing all sorts of interesting things, working with all sorts of interesting directors, and I was very worried that if I did Bond, I would not be able to do that anymore.”

    “But then, there would be worse things, wouldn’t there? So, you know, it’s not a bad place to get to in your career.”

    Luckily, his fears were unfounded.

    “Somehow I’ve managed to keep working at other things,” he says. “Not by any huge effort on my part to mix things up. It’s just that jobs will come in — and we’ve had a two- or three-year hiatus now from the last Bond movie.”

    “And it’s given me the chance to go off and do some other wonderful stuff,” Craig says. “It’s just worked out that way — and this came along, and again, it was one of those Godfather moments. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

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    An ‘Impossible Task’

    Craig is perhaps singularly equipped to play a character familiar to millions — not just from the Larsson books, but from the original Swedish-language films starring Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth. He is, after all, the fifth actor to shoulder the burden of being Bond, James Bond.

    “I’d done that already,” he says slyly. “I didn’t have a real problem with it — I didn’t.”

    He trusted his director to make it work.

    “I knew that putting this into the hands of someone like David Fincher was going to result in something special,” he says. “And obviously, there’s no way we can please all 65 million people. It’s an impossible task. … When you read a novel, your own imagery is the most important. It’s what makes reading such a wonderful thing.”

    So he hopes that when people see this version of the film, it will inspire them to see the Swedish-language version, reread the books — or buy them for the first time.

    “In a way, we all win.”

    He’s in the middle of shooting the next Bond film, and the prospect of two more films involving Blomkvist hovers in the future. That’s two huge franchises for one actor — and a franchise can be a curse as well as a blessing.

    “I struggled long and hard about whether I would do [the Bond films], because I’ve been working in this business for 20 years and I’ve been more than successful,” Craig says. “I was doing all sorts of interesting things, working with all sorts of interesting directors, and I was very worried that if I did Bond, I would not be able to do that anymore.”

    “But then, there would be worse things, wouldn’t there? So, you know, it’s not a bad place to get to in your career.”

    Luckily, his fears were unfounded.

    “Somehow I’ve managed to keep working at other things,” he says. “Not by any huge effort on my part to mix things up. It’s just that jobs will come in — and we’ve had a two- or three-year hiatus now from the last Bond movie.”

    “And it’s given me the chance to go off and do some other wonderful stuff,” Craig says. “It’s just worked out that way — and this came along, and again, it was one of those Godfather moments. It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.”

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    Gee. Sorry, my double post!

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    Rooney Mara & Daniel Craig Interview For ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’
    ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is the first film in Columbia Pictures’ three-picture adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s literary blockbuster The Millennium Trilogy. Directed by David Fincher, the film stars Rooney Mara as the troubled but brilliant computer hacker and investigator Lisbeth Salander, and Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, investigative journalist and publisher of ’Millenium’ magazine. The film also stars Robin Wright, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Joely Richardson, Steven Berkoff, David Dencik, Yorick van Wageningen, Bengt C.W. Carlsson, Mathilda von Essen and Goran Visnjic. ‘The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ is out now in the US, and December 26th in the UK.

    This is obviously based on a book that millions and millions of people have read, people have this vision of what these characters are. What did you guys want to do in order to make these characters your own and not what people have imagined them to be?

    Rooney Mara: To be honest, I didn’t really think much about what other people imagined it to be, I used what I imagined it to be. I had read all three books and I had a really clear picture of who this girl was. Luckily, David Fincher’s idea was pretty similar, I didn’t really think much about what other people thought of her.

    Daniel Craig: Exactly. In this industry, the less you think about what other people are thinking about, the better and more original you can be (laughs). You can’t go into a project thinking. “How will these people like it? How will those people like it?” You want to be single minded about it. You can’t please everybody.

    The dynamic between Lisbeth and Mikael, which is obviously a big part of why people love the books and the original movies. It’s not a conventional relationship, there’s a big age difference first of all, but it also seems that because she doesn’t like intimacy, she wouldn’t fall for him, even though she seems to. Can you talk about your take on the relationship, why it happens, and how it revolves the way that it does?

    Daniel Craig: I think it has a lot to do with honesty and trust. I think that is what was so great in the books. They shouldn’t have a relationship and they shouldn’t even meet in life. They come from different social classes and whatever. I think that Salander has never really gotten to trust anyone, or there are few people in her life that are straight with her and he is. He comes in and she has broken the law and has hacked into his life. He walks in and says, “Forget that, I think you’re great and I would like to work with you and I’ll walk away.” I think that this appeals to her.

    Rooney Mara: I agree. It is that and also I think that he is one of the first people in her life to ever just appreciate her for the way she is. He is one of the first people to ever treat her with any sort of decency or respect.
    How was the process of collaborating with David Fincher? Did you guys get together in rehearsal to work out your characters?

    Rooney Mara: We did do a lot of rehearsal, a lot. David and I read through the script a few times with just us together. Then all of us sat around together and went through the scenes with Steve Zaillian and Stellan Skarsgård. We started off shooting in Stockholm with just doing exteriors, it sort of felt like we had 3 months to really rehearse before we went back to L.A. and shot the sort of meat of the movie. So there was quite a lot of rehearsal.

    Daniel Craig: Yeah. The more preparation you do and have the better chances you have on the day. Steve Zaillian wrote great words, so it’s there to say. All you’re doing in rehearsal is trying to tweak it and make more sense of it and to make sure that everything ties up and you know where you are when you get to it because we didn’t shoot one thing in sequence. We shot the end of the movie first and then whatever you always do. Then that day on the set we do a lot of takes and you try to make it better.

    How was it like shooting those stunts and action scenes as a sort of common man? What was that like for you? Did you get to hold back?

    Daniel Craig: The most important thing about this character for me was to make him as real and as believable as possible. Obviously, there is another person that I play that would deal with it in a different way (laughs). It wasn’t like I was ever thinking about that, I wanted to put the reality into this. He gets shot and runs away screaming like anybody else would (laughs). That was really the key and it was dead easy. Just to be sort of by the by, but that is what I love about this character and the relationship he has with Salander. He doesn’t have to prove that he is a man. He is a guy and he doesn’t have to go around beating his chest and he is very happy to fall into this relationship where she is literally wearing the trousers.

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    Daniel appeared at the children’s retail shop in Michigan. Maybe he was shopping something for Henry? :)

    BearPurple The Purple Bear: Another visit from Daniel Craig :). We love having movies film locally – you never know who might pop in!
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    Aww love this pic!!
    Boy with a Dragon Tattoo clicker

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    can you post the pic from variety? I can’t see it.

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