Daniel Craig Promises 'Adult Drama' in 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

July 7, 2011
Source: Esquire

Daniel Craig

After seeing the bootleg release of the red band trailer for The Social Network director David Fincher's adaptation of the first novel in the Millennium Trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, any doubts of the intensity, grit and faithfulness should have been laid to rest. When the official green band trailer came out, it delivered basically the same remedy but with less violence and nudity. However, one of the films stars, Daniel Craig, recently spoke out in an interview with Esquire (via ComingSoon) and reiterated that this will be a very mature drama. He states: "It's as adult as you can possibly make it. This is adult drama."

Craig elaborated even more and compared the adult level of drama in the film to a certain highly regarded classic in cinema:

"I grew up, as we fucking all did, watching 'The Godfather' and that, movies that were made for adults. And this is a $100 million R-rated movie. Nobody makes those anymore. And Fincher, he's not holding back. They've given him free rein. He showed me some scenes recently, and my hand was over my mouth, going, Are you fucking serious?"

But for those worried that this will just be at the level of torture porn with bloody violence and graphic rape scenes for all to see, Craig also points out that not everything that is violent or jarring in the film is cued visually. Craig goes on to explain: "It's not that he simply showed me footage that was horribly graphic. It was stuff that was happening, or had happened. And somehow you don't see it. There's more than one way to sense violence. Much more powerful ways than seeing it step-by-step." I was already pretty well sold on this adaptation from the trailers, but hearing Craig talk about the film in this manner gets me even more excited to check this film out when it hits theaters around Christmas on December 21st. She's Coming

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ADULT Drama? NOOOOOO, REALLY? As if that wasn't obvious in the marketing campaign already.

George Caltsoudas on Jul 8, 2011


I think what Craig meant was that nowadays there are a lot of alledgedly adult dramas that feel very adolecentesque.

Jez on Jul 8, 2011


Can not wait. Craig is amazing and I have nothing but faith in Fincher!

Raymond Morse on Jul 8, 2011


The original title of the novel 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' is 'Men Who Hate Women', which about sums up it's literary worth to me. Standard crime plot, with a solid dash of sexual violence (only against women though) to get the mouth breathers excited. Plus a protagonist who is a laughably obvious projection of the author's ego.

Lebowski on Jul 8, 2011


"... with a solid dash of sexual violence (only against women though) to get the mouth breathers excited." Right there you display the fact that you didn't get it. The series is about why this girl has such a hard time trusting people because of how people have abused her and taken advantage of her her whole life. It's about how abuse can turn it's victims into self-destructive people. It's about how this girl eventually overcomes that. It's not some masochist's jerk-off material. I'm actually kind of impressed that you managed to miss the whole point like that.

Anonymous on Jul 11, 2011


I hope this will be much better than the Swedish version which had some great acting but not much else. Love Fincher so I hope for another masterpiece back to back to the masterpiece The Social Network.

Loser on Jul 8, 2011


WHATS IN THE BOX?!?!!??! I trust Fincher with "adult dramas" wholeheartedly. I wasnt terribly engaged with Panic Room, Button or Social Network, so Im hoping my love and loyalty for "early-Fincher" pays off!

Voice of Reason on Jul 8, 2011


sweet, can't wait. Finch is a man who knows how to make a movie.  really posting to say: alex, get rid of the ads with sound. Very fucking annoying. 

crumb on Jul 10, 2011

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