Rooney Mara ready to kill for role
Rooney Mara has said she was "ready to kill someone" by the time she was finally offered the starring role in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.
The 26-year-old actress - who had worked with director David Fincher on The Social Network - endured two-and-a-half months and multiple screen tests auditioning to play Lisbeth Salander and revealed to Empire magazine that filmmakers favoured another star for the part.
Rooney said of her final screen test: "I was like, 'You guys have to decide if I'm this girl or not, because I have to move on with my life at some point.' Of course, I didn't say any of that. I was like, 'Fine, whatever!'."
She added: "I was ready to kill someone. David gave some long speech. He said something like, 'Vivien Leigh was extraordinary in A Streetcar Named Desire but she will always be Scarlett O'Hara. And whoever plays this girl, if they do it right, they will be Ginger from Gilligan's Island for the rest of their life.
"You have to know that your life is going to change and I'm not even telling you that it's going to change for the better.'"
But then he showed her his iPad with the press release saying she was hired, and gave her the choice.
"I did not flinch," said Rooney. "I was like, 'I've had two-and-a-half months to think about it. You can send it out.' And that was that."
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, co-starring Daniel Craig, is released on December 26. This month's Empire magazine is out now.