David Fincher is known as an exacting director, which should come as no surprise given the sheer level of detail in so many of his films. And any of his fans will be happy to know that he brought his (welcome) micro-managing to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and took actress Rooney Mara, who plays the decidedly punky and strange Lisbeth Salander, with him. Both the director and actress have spoken about how important it was to get her look exactly right, from the mohawk to the bleached eyebrows to the… nipple piercings:
Then there was that Salander look, which she and Fincher worked hard to perfect. “Rooney’s a beautiful girl,” says Fincher. “She can look like Audrey Hepburn—but she can also look like a boy. So we’d decide where we wanted to put the stud through her eyebrow by asking, ‘Where is it going to be most in the way? Where is the most distracting place?’ ” Also, he adds, “We had to be really sure that the nipple piercing was in the place where it was going to catch the light.”
Be honest: how many of you just thought, "Can I have that job?" And this wasn't the only intimate detail that they worked on in the film, as Rooney Mara recently assured Metro that a good amount of thought went into Salander's pubic hair as well:
There was a lot of discussion that went into my merkin for the movie, because I was naked quite a lot. And I don’t think a lot of people will notice all of the attention that went into that. But there was a lot of discussions around that.
…[I]n the book she’s meant to have strawberry-blonde hair originally and she dyes it, so we had a special merkin made that was, you know, strawberry-blonde so that it would fit.
Don't worry, Rooney. Your overall look may be pretty severe and downright weird, but I bet there will be more than a few people in the audience who will notice these details quite a bit. I'm sure even I'll catch them when I'm not staring at Daniel Craig.