Rooney Mara’s Extreme Makeover to Play ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

January 13th, 2011 - 10:41 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

rooney Jan 13 (THAINDIAN NEWS) When sweet faced Rooney Mara, with her long flowing chestnut hair, got the part as bad girl Lisbeth Salander in the film, ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ she probably had no idea the lengths she would have to go to in order to “look the part”. Rooney has had piercings, her hair hacked off and dyed, and even temporarily tattooed in order to take on the character of a rebel computer programmer.

The February issue of ‘W’ magazine reveals just how much revisions the twenty five year old actress went through for the role. It took some very drastic makeover work to transfer Rooney from the girlfriend of Mark Zuckerberg in the film ‘The Social Network’ to the part of Salander in ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’. Mara herself describes one particular day as “intense” when she had to have her eyebrows bleached, her hair cropped off, and her lip, eyebrow, nose, and nipple pierced. Mara shared with ‘W’, “I didn’t even have pierced ears. They put four holes in each ear, and, weirdly, that hurt the most.”

The makeup artists added heavy eye make-up, and gave her boot which had been decorated with duct tape. In the words of movie director David Fincher, they made Mara into a “goth Pippi Longstocking”. Rooney is the child of two football dynasties. The Rooneys own the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Maras own the New York Giants, but as the director told ‘W’, “I wanted her from the beginning. Rooney may be a trust-fund baby from football royalty, but she’s levelheaded and hardworking. It’s so odd how who people are comes out in auditions. We didn’t make it easy for Rooney, and there was no way to dissuade her.”

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