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'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' in London: Rooney Mara cleans up

December 13, 2011 |  1:34 pm

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara looked totally transformed at the London premiere of David Fincher's "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." The fact that an actor doesn't look like her or his character isn't new, of course. But compared with her co-star Daniel Craig -- who looks like Daniel Craig off-screen and on -- Mara's premiere appearance was quite a shock for some.

In the film, which is an adaptation of Stieg Larssen's bestselling novel, Mara plays the much-coveted role of Lisbeth Salander, a bisexual computer hacker with Asperger syndrome who can perform amazing feats with her laptop alone. In the film, Mara plays Salander in lots of black leather, facial piercings and shaved eyebrows. At the premiere, she played up her femininity in a backless white gown and no piercings -- not even in her ears.

Speaking of her character, Mara told Reuters on the red carpet that "I think everyone can relate to that feeling of being misunderstood or outcast. Everyone at some point in their life can relate to people in a position of power using that power over them. I think people really want to see her succeed."

Director David Fincher and screenwriter Steven Zaillian also attended the premiere, held Monday night in London's Leicester Square. Other members of the cast there included Stellan Skarsgard, Joely Richardson, Geraldine James and Yorick Van Wageninge.

With the much-ballyhooed embargo date on reviews having passed, notices are starting to appear online and the consensus (so far) seems to be very positive for the "Feel Bad Movie of Christmas."



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Photo: Rooney Mara. Joel Ryan / Associated Press