Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Interviews with Stellan Skarsgård and David Fincher.

A few weeks ago, I visited Stockholm to discuss Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the upcoming English-language version of Stieg Larsson’s hugely popular novel, with David Fincher, the film’s director, and Stellan Skarsgård, who plays sinister industrialist Martin Venger. The …

Mon, Dec 19, 2011, 16:09

   

A few weeks ago, I visited Stockholm to discuss Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, the upcoming English-language version of Stieg Larsson’s hugely popular novel, with David Fincher, the film’s director, and Stellan Skarsgård, who plays sinister industrialist Martin Venger. The film is a peculiar beast. We have, after all, just seen the last of the Swedish adaptations of Larrson’s trilogy. Starring Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist, campaigning journalist, and Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Sander, his tattooed hacker assistant, this Dragon will have to satisfy a great many loyal readers. I talked to Fincher about some of these things and about the busy online speculation concerning his upcoming plans: a version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea; an adaptation of House of Cards, Michael Dobbs’s series concerning the fall of a UK Prime Minister.

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Skarsgård, a Swedish native, has had an increasingly busy time of it in recent years. In the business for nearly 40 years, he first garnered attention overseas in Lars Von Trier films such as Breaking the Waves and Dogville. Since then, the great man has become something of a go-to villain for imaginative Hollywood directors. He recently broke into a fresh genre by doing something a little like singing in the absurdly successful Mamma Mia! Next up, he stars in Von Trier’s worrying “porn” project. We muse upon that and other things in our brief interview. Enjoy the lovely shots of Sweden’s capital in the background.

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