Rooney Mara at the 'Dragon Tattoo' Premiere: Best Tough-Chick Movie Heroine?

Published December 13, 2011


After years of buzz and even a clothing line, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" opens in the U.S. next week.

Rooney Mara, who plays tattooed, take-no-prisoners heroine Lisbeth Salander, seemed to still be in character at the film's world premiere in London on Monday, sporting severe bangs, strong eyebrows and almost goth-like makeup. The actress barely smiled and appeared rail-thin in her strange, cut-out gown. (It's hard to believe she's the same person who played Mark Zuckerberg's girlfriend in "The Social Network"!).

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But Mara's tough-chick attitude suits the part well. "I think that everyone can relate to that feeling of being misunderstood or outcast," the actress said at the premiere, according to Reuters. "Everyone at some point in their life can relate to people who are in a position of power, abusing that power over them and I think a lot of people really want to see her succeed."

"Social Network" director David Fincher's adaptation of Stieg Larsson's best-selling novel earned an "R" rating for what the Motion Picture Association of America described as "brutal violent content including rape and torture, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, and language."

"It's an adult movie," Daniel Craig, who plays journalist Mikael Blomkvist, told the BBC. "It's a book about sexual politics, it's a book about violence toward women. ... By showing that and making the audience uncomfortable, it makes them understand what the themes of the book are about. ... that serial killers on the whole are male and they kill women."

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From Mara as Lisbeth Salander to Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the "Alien" movies, let us know: Who is the best tough-chick heroine?


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