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Rooney Mara's shoulder, transfixing Sweden more than ABBA

September 22, 2010 | 12:34 pm

Matt Damon, Fred Savage and Rick Astley are not dead. And, apparently, Rooney Mara was not "seriously injured" as she got in shape to play Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo."

It apparently all began with a report on this Swedish site -- try to read it closely and maybe you'll understand why so many gave it credibility -- that production had to be shut down after Mara injured her shoulder on the set of the David Fincher film. (At least so said some American bloggers who, apparently, speak Swedish.)

The rumor gained currency after a Perez Hilton post, whose URL claimed  that production was "shut down indefinitely after star suffers severe injury."

And then just as quickly, after conversations with Sony and Mara reps, came the headlines that "Rooney Mara  NOT Injured on Set of 'The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." It appears as though, at most, Mara may have tweaked her shoulder while getting in shape, but production isn't shut down and she's just fine. The Perez post has been taken down, and all seems to be proceeding apace over in Stockholm and its environs.

Internet hoaxes tend to play on what we're already predisposed to believe. And a story of Mara getting banged up feeds nicely into questions about whether the actress is tough enough to play the role of the Goth hacker and justice-seeker, which may be why so many were quick to run it. That, or someone is just a really bad Swedish translator.

--Steven Zeitchik


Photo: Rooney Mara in "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (with horror-movie makeup). Credit: New Line


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