Posted on Tue Oct 18, 2011 09:30 AM PDT
Scarlett Johansson's sex appeal got in the way of landing the role of Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Director David Fincher tells Vogue:
- "We flew in people from New Zealand and Swaziland and all over the place. 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."
Actress Rooney Mara, who graces the cover of Vogue, had previously worked with Fincher in The Social Network.
The Lisbeth Salander role was written as "a pale, anorexic young woman who had hair as short as a fuse, and a pierced nose and eyebrows." Yep ... not quite Scarlett.
Fincher went on to say:
- "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."
He added: "I had seen a lot of actresses. I was beginning to get to the point where I was thinking, 'Maybe conceptually you are talking about a person who doesn't exist'."
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