Earlier this week, HitFix ran an early reaction to David Fincher's "The Social Network," and right after I saw that film, I was invited to send a few question to him via e-mail. He was already out of the country preparing to start work on "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo," and we were told that he would get answers back to us as quickly as possible.
Today's the day.
I tried to avoid a few major spoilers, and I had to ask him about one performance in particular. We'll lead with that question, actually, because it deals with both his new film and his next one, and it addresses one of the biggest questions of the last month.
I wrote: Rooney Mara's role in the film is pivotal, although brief. What experience on this film led to you bringing her back in for "Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"? The moment where I felt like I saw a flash of Lisbeth was her final encounter with Mark when she destroys him quietly. Did you have her in mind immediately, or was it a gradual realization?
Fincher's reply: "We read her and, not surprisingly, loved all of the things about her that we'd initially loved for Erica. She's smart and capable and works really hard. She is ridiculously photogenic in a very interesting way -- she can be plain, or she can be exquisite in a matter of moments -- and she's a great listener. Lisbeth is a very tough role to cast -- the audience needs to project into a mystery, so we needed a mystery for them to fill."