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Rooney Mara Defends Teaser Poster for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Rooney Mara Defends Teaser Poster for The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

One of my favorite EW issues is about to hit my mailbox – the fall film preview issue. Yum. Can’t wait to take a more in-depth look at all the films coming down the pike this fall. One of the most anticipated is of course The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

EW was able to speak with Rooney Mara (and check out the new phot) about the controversial teaser poster and, not surprisingly, she defends it just like Daniel Craig did. He said he liked the poster because Rooney looked great. She says she likes the poster because “people have a hard time with strong females and with nudity.”

She continues:

But I think had I been doing something incredibly violent on the poster, people wouldn’t have had a problem with it. That sort of says a lot about the world that we live in. It’s just a teaser poster. I think it did just that. It teased people.

Here we go again.

I am not a person who has a problem with strong females EVER. My problem with the poster is not so much the fact that there is a breast on it — but that it is Lisbeth Salander’s breast that is exposed. It’s about the character for me and not about not wanting to see strong images of women.

I am not sure I agree with her about the comment on how we would tolerate violence on the poster and not sexuality. Women are sexualized on posters all the time. I for one would totally be down with an image of her kicking ass. But, Hollywood would never put out a poster of a woman kicking ass. That would send the guys running for the hills and so that wold be a pretty poor marketing decision. But she right on one aspect, the poster is a big tease and it did get people talking and the talking continues.

I still stand by my initial reaction.

Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ star Rooney Mara talks about the rape scene, the NSFW poster, and more (EW)

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Laura D

I agree – there’s nothing radical or liberating about a poster of a naked woman. And there’s nothing in that poster that shows a strong woman. Not only is she naked, she’s wrapped in a man’s embrace. A clothed man. (Psychologically, we perceive a clothed person as more powerful than a naked one.)

A different character, I might not mind. But for Lisbeth it’s all wrong, and it’s a shame so many people seem to have allowed themselves to be brainwashed into thinking they’re doing the opposite of what they actually have done.


In the posters for the Swedish films, Lisbeth is fully clothed and it’s just her. There is only one poster, if I recall, for The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest with Lisbeth and the the male reporter, but they both have clothes on and they stand side by side as equals. I don’t know why the American version has to objectify the female lead except maybe this is a lame attempt to create controversy. Will we have a poster with a naked man? Probably not!


When are women NOT sexualized and made to look like objects in advertising? The movie poster is simply more of what we are used to (and tired of). Last time I checked, “strong women” revolt against being objectified; we fight to be recognized for our intelligence and personalities, not the shape of our bodies. Lisbeth is a genius computer hacker who can single-handedly bring down men more than twice her size. How much of that do we see represented in this poster?


My biggest problem is that there’s no reason to do a remake when the original from a few years ago is still timely and kick-a$$.


Why do I feel nauseated everytime I see her image? As much as I found the book thrilling I probably will pass the movie. It has little to do with how one accepts the image of strong women; the image arouses the urge to take a shower scrub the skin and cleanse the guts. Extremely unappealing visually intended or not.

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