'But how did you feel about the Swedish original?'
'I was a fan of Rapace, certainly. And there was some really good translation in the direction from the page to screen. But in terms of Mikael Nyqvist…'
'I know what you're gonna say, mate. He's got a great sense of delicacy and fragility as an actor, but I feel it was misplaced here. That approach was magnificent in As It Is In Heaven because that particular film had the tone for it and the role called for it, but not in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. He came across as too soft, really. A sort of nothingness, no impression left, almost. In terms of comparison, Craig’s performance was much more rounded, firmer, stronger, scholarly, like Blomkvist’s character calls for.’
'Oh absolutely, mate, absolutely. But personally I feel Mara and Rapace's performances were on par. Both with an incredible restrained violence, frost and fire altogether. Lisbeth is one of the most fascinating female protagonists of the late 00's.
'I'm with you on that, there. Did you know that the original title of the book in Swedish was Män som hatar kvinnor, which translates directly to ‘Men Who Hate Women?”
'Far out. Something to think about.'