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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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# 2

honestly, not interested in your videos ever

# 3

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.

# 4

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

# 5

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

# 6

Keep Ann Curry off Daniel, would you? LOL

# 7

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.

# 8

@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?

# 9
WheresFio @ 12/16/2011 at 3:23 pm

:: twiddles for thumbs :: ;)

DakotaFan @ 12/16/2011 at 3:31 pm

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

@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.

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!

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

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 @ 12/16/2011 at 9:49 pm

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

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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

Dan looks great. Cant wait

Dan looks great. Cant wait

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.”

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.”

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