Rooney Mara – The Girl with the Freddy Tattoo Has Harsh Words for Elm Street Stint

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Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Freddy Tattoo Has Harsh Words for Elm Street StintWe’ll be the first to admit that after seeing the abysmal remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, we didn’t think there was any way that Rooney Mara could pull off playing the complex role of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo‘s Lisbeth Salander. Guess who else wasn’t a big fan of the movie or the role of Nancy? Mara herself.

Mara recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and dropped the following comments about her part in Samuel Bayer’s travesty of a flick:

You kind of learn to self-sabotage with things you don’t want to get,” she tells EW. “Sometimes you don’t want to get something, but you do a really good job and you get it anyway. That’s kind of [what happened] with A Nightmare on Elm Street-I didn’t really even want it. And then I went in [to audition], and I was like, ‘Fuck. I definitely got that.'”

So how did she feel post-Elm Street?

I didn’t want to act anymore,” Mara continues. “I was like, this isn’t what I signed up for. If this is what my opportunities are going to be like, then I’m not that interested in acting. So I was very discouraged and disheartened. And then I got the Social Network script. That kind of re-inspired me.

While we totally get where she’s coming from in terms of how wretched the remake of the Wes Craven classic was, let’s no forget this is the same chick who played Classroom Girl #1 in Urban Legends: Bloody Mary. Maybe she’s prouder of that role than her one from Elm Street? Then again, yeah, we probably would be, too.

In other related news Samuel Bayer hasn’t worked since. Sometimes justice is sweet.

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  • i3ullseye

    No, real issue is what she is saying to other producers and directors here…

    “Yeah, if I really don’t like it, I am just going to mail in the role and take the paycheck. Then to top it off, I might brag about doing so in an interview for the whole world to see.”

    If this isn’t a career limiting move, I don’t know what is. Either a publicist will try to rescind this, or cover it… or she will be booked on another interview to give a “what I really meant to say …” interview.

    That, or she NEEDS to hire a publicist to keep her form doing something this stupid in the future.

    • theGoldenSimatar

      Or because of all of the buzz about her in Dragon Tattoo; she figures she’s getting enough good will to weather something like this.

    • Foywonder

      Not necessarily. Marlon Brando was notorious for doing this and there have been stories of other well known respected actors over the years. I’m not really sure she’s admitting to tanking her performance in that film so much as confessing she hated playing that type of frivolous horror heroine role so much it made her reconsider her chosen profession.

  • slakker9

    Maybe I need to watch it again, but I don’t understand the hate for the NOES remake. Granted, I’m a big fan of the original and didn’t think it needed to be remade. However, after Jackie Earl Haley’s performance in Watchmen, I really looked forward to his take on Freddy. I haven’t watched the NOES remake since opening night in the theater, but I remember enjoying it. Maybe I’m just easy to please. It takes a lot for me to hate a movie.

  • theGoldenSimatar

    Okay this might explain it cause I thought she was just dreadful in NOES; then again coupled with the writing probably didn’t help. So I was very nervous when I heard she was playing Lisbeth Salander, as her brief time in Network failed to impress. Though after seeing most of Dragon…she plays Salander quite different than Rapace did; so she does have some acting ability.

    I do admit though, bought the NOES remake on Bluray for $10 at Target…special features…not worth it to maybe find some kind of hope that there was a better film underneath there. There wasn’t.

    Otherwise; my opinion of NOES is to quote Vincent Canby when he wrote of Heaven’s Gate: “…it was like a forced four hour walking tour of one’s own living room.”

  • Rob

    To be honest, I didn’t have a problem with her in the NOES remake, but I am curious about what all went on behind the scenes with Sam Bayer being a douche-cock. What gets me though are people freaking out over these quotes from her and saying she’s being a bitch and burning bridges. Bridges with who? Bayer? Form and Fuller? It’s not like a sequel to the remake’s ever going to happen anyway.

  • Genrewriter

    Indeed. I’m willing to own the Platinum Dunes Chainsaw flicks (just for Ermey) but I think I’d rather gnaw my own arm off than watch another frame of that Elm Street remake.