Yorick van Wageningen

The girl with the dragon Tattoo (2011) trivia part 1

Yorick van Wageningen was so disturbed after shooting the rape scene with Rooney Marathat he spent a whole day locked in his hotel room, crying. 

Daniel Craig originally turned down the role of Mikael Blomkvist due to possible conflicts with the next James Bond film 007: Coordonata Skyfall. After production of the film was suspended Craig’s schedule freed up and he retook the role. 

Noomi Rapace’s performance as Lisbeth Salander in the original Swedish version of Män som hatar kvinnor was so well received, a campaign to have her reprise the role in the English language version gained wide attention in the media, championed by film critic Roger Ebert, among others. Ultimately Rapace declined to reprise the role, saying that after playing the character for three years (during the filming of the original film and its sequels), she couldn’t play the role again in the same stories. 

While filming a scene in a diner, the cast and crew were surprised to find out that Ellen Nyqvist, daughter of Michael Nyqvist, the first actor to play Mikael Blomkvist, was working there as a waitress while attending school. Upon finding out, they wrote in a few extra lines for her, allowing her to interact with her father’s successor, Daniel Craig. 

When the casting process started, the role of Lisbeth Salander was originally offered to Natalie Portman but she declined due to exhaustion. Scarlett Johansson was also considered but David Fincher considered her too sexy. Jennifer Lawrence was considered too, but she was rejected because she was too tall. Finally, Rooney Mara was cast. 

Two of the movie’s taglines: “Evil shall with evil be expelled” and “What is hidden in snow, comes forth in the thaw” are Swedish proverbs. Stellan Skarsgård, himself a Swede, told them to David Fincher during filming. Fincher liked them and thought they fitted the story and setting well, so he made them taglines for the movie.


Go see it if you haven’t already. I loved it. 

Martin Sheen, plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.

Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand his son better, Tom decides to embark on the historical pilgrimage, leaving his “California bubble life” behind. 

Armed with his son’s backpack and guidebook, Tom navigates the 800km historical pilgrimage from the French Pyrenees, to Santiago de Compostela in the north west of Spain, but soon discovers that he will not be alone on this journey.

While walking The Camino, Tom meets other pilgrims from around the world, all broken and looking for greater meaning in their lives: a Dutchman (Yorick van Wageningen) a Canadian (Deborah Kara Unger) and an Irish writer (James Nesbitt) who is suffering from a bout of “writer’s block.”

From the hardship experienced along “The Way” this unlikely quartet of misfits create an everlasting bond and Tom begins to learn what it means to be a citizen of the world again, and discovers the difference between “The life we live and the life we choose.”

“The Way” was filmed entirely in Spain and France along the actual Camino de Santiago.

Character Portraits and Bios For The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

For all of us who have neither read the book nor watched the original film, Sony Pictures has released 18 character images and biographies to help us get acquainted with David Fincher’s upcoming adaptation of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Since this is a very character-heavy story, the biographies will undoubtedly come in handy for those who plan to watch the film, when it releases later this year.

Starring Rooney Mara, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Stellan Skarsgård, Robin Wright and Joely Richardson, the story centers on Lisbeth Salander’s (Mara) investigation into the Vanger family with the assistance of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Craig).

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo will storm into theaters on December 21, and judging by the hype surrounding what is quickly becoming a cult classic, it is likely to own the box office. As we draw nearer to the film’s release date, expect more goodies to come. Until then, familiarize yourself with the film’s characters, via character portraits and biographies after the jump.

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