Well, we already know that Fincher chose Rooney Mara to be his American/Swedish — really? the accents? — Lisbeth Salander, but I’m still convinced Olivia Thirlby should have been chosen. Why? I just got cracking with the series, which I bought a few months ago… so mind, the Spanish translation.
[…]su investigadora estrella era una chica pálida de una delgadez anoréxica […] Lisbeth era pelirroja, pero se había teñido de negro azabache. Solía dar la impresión de que se acababa de levantar tras haber pasado una semana de orgía con una banda de heavy metal.
En realidad, no tenía problemas de anorexia; […] Simplemente había nacido delgada, con una delicada estructura ósea que le daba aspecto de niña esbelta de manos finas, tobillos delgados y unos pechos que apenas se adivinaban bajo su ropa. Tenía veinticuatro años, pero aparentaba catorce.
Una boca ancha, una nariz pequeña y unos prominentes pómulos le daban cierto aire oriental. […] Su cuerpo no era el más indicado para triunfar en los desfiles de moda, pero, bien maquillada, un primer plano de su cara podría haberse colocado en cualquier anuncio publicitario […] resultaba … humm… atractiva, de una manera absolutamente incomprensible.
Los hombres que no amaban a las mujeres
– on the go translation –
his most important investigator was a pale girl with an anorexic skinniness […] Lisbeth was a redhead, but she had died her hair pitch black. She seemed to have just woken up after a week-long orgy with a heavy metal band.
Truth be told, she didn’t have anorexia problems […] she was simply born skinny, with a delicate bone structure that made her look like a slim girl with fine hands, skinny ankles and breasts you could barely see through her clothing. She was twenty-four years old, but seemed to be fourteen.
A wide mouth, tiny nose and prominent cheekbones gave her an asian/oriental air. […] Her body wasn’t exactly made to triumph in the catwalks, but with good makeup, a close-up of her face could have been used for any ad […] she was… hmmm… attractive, in an absolute incomprehensible way.
So… is it me, or Thirlby seems to have some sort of exotic air to her? I mean, I’m not white… and I don’t see Thirlby as “just another white actress”. She definitely has something else. She’s about to turn 24, and she seems younger… maybe not 14 to my standard of “wow, she looks so young” but she doesn’t look 24. She also has this intensity to her eyes that could work very well for Lisbeth’s silences.
Plus, I believe she really captures that “she was attractive in an incomprehensible way”.
To prove my point, this will be picspam~
Now, cut her hair off, put her some piercings and tattoos. Voila!
I mean, girl doesn’t even carry that much film baggage. Most people wouldn’t really recognize her anyway if she were looking like Lisbeth… most people don’t know her name. And she needs a high profile role.