So, how does one go from sexy model in Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” video to actress in David Fincher‘s “Gone Girl“? By catching the eye of Ben Affleck. Emily Ratajkowski is one of a handful of surprising names in Fincher’s upcoming thriller (that also includes Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry), and the director himself reveals how he caught her attention for the part of “an alien fuck-doll of a girl… as different from my elegant, patrician wife as could be.”
“I was talking with Ben [Affleck], and what I wanted for the Andie role was someone who could be incredibly divisive among men and women in the audience,” Fincher told GQ. “We needed somebody where, at the moment she appears, the women are going, ‘That is unconscionable and despicable.’ And you also have the men going, ‘Yes, but…’ And so Ben said, ‘Yeah, like the girl in the ‘Blurred Lines’ video.’ ” And while Ratajkowski was already riding a big crest of attention thanks to the Thicke video, Fincher credits her for keeping a steady head on her shoulders.
“She was just incredibly mature,” he said. “She wasn’t smitten with being the girl of the moment. She’s no bullshit. If somebody’s gonna ruin their life on a 21-year-old, they have to be special, and she was.”
Meanwhile, Perry has nothing but enthusiastic things to say about working with David Fincher. In the film, he plays the lawyer for Affleck’s character, accused of murdering his wife. “Sitting in his (Fincher’s) presence, in his genius, the man is a genius. It really makes me go, ‘Whoa, let me just stop and take this in,’ so it’s been wonderful,” he told Yahoo UK. “I’m a storyteller. That man is a di-rec-tor. He is amazing. And to watch him work and to watch how he paints his pictures, the tableaux, everything is really just beyond anything I could ever imagine.”
Coming from the guy who made those ‘Madea’ movies, that’s high praise indeed… right? “Gone Girl” opens on October 3rd. Check out the very NSFW video for “Blurred Lines” below.