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'Tattoo' star Rooney Mara laughs off 'bush' wig

The Local/dl · 16 Dec 2011, 16:51

Published: 16 Dec 2011 16:51 GMT+01:00

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The film, based on the first in the Millennium trilogy of crime thrillers by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, includes a number of nude scenes featuring Mara, who has naturally dark hair.

Speaking with the Metro newspaper in New York, however, she explained that the nude scenes required filmmakers to engage in in-depth discussions about how to ensure that Mara's portrayal of Salander was as accurate as possible.

“There was a lot of discussion that went into my merkin for the movie, because I was naked quite a lot,” she told the newspaper, using a term which describes a pubic wig originally worn by prostitutes after shaving their genitalia but which are increasingly common in films.

“And I don’t think a lot of people will notice all of the attention that went into that.”

Rooney went on to explain that the small but significant detail prompted a round of discussions because of the incongruity between Salander's hair colour and that of the US actress set to portray her in the upcoming film.

“Well, you know, in the book she’s meant to have strawberry-blonde hair originally and she dyes it, so we had a special merkin made that was, you know, strawberry-blonde so that it would fit,” she told Metro, closing with a laugh.

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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", which co-starts Daniel Craig and is directed by David Fincher, is set for release in Sweden and the United States on December 20th.

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Your comments about this article

18:04 December 16, 2011 by lovedealer76
I love my nude scenes in movies,much better than those fake porn's movies
19:06 December 16, 2011 by Svensksmith
I'm thinking about getting a strawberry blonde merkin for my wife for Christmas. Think it would make a good stocking stuffer?
20:18 December 16, 2011 by ithinkimtink
It's Stieg or Stig, not Steig.
21:40 December 16, 2011 by Vill
meh....just go "Brazilian"
21:42 December 16, 2011 by Lukestar1991
That picture just doesnt do it. Money Money Money, thats all it is.
21:50 December 16, 2011 by dizzymoe33
Whatever how stupid and who really cares!! Her haircut leaves a lot to be desired once again Hollywood screwing something up when the original was better than the American remake.
10:33 December 17, 2011 by spo10
Her hair is kind of funny.

The original movie was really great and I hope this American remake won't disappoint all of us.
15:29 December 17, 2011 by jvtx3232
I don't think we should be talking about his subject. What if little children are reading this. Should The Local delete this article?
16:24 December 17, 2011 by glamelixir

Seriously? Please, take the sarcasm signt out. You can't be seriously saying this...seriously?


16:47 December 17, 2011 by jvtx3232
Does this mean you are in favor of corrupting the minds of little children?
10:04 December 18, 2011 by Douglas Garner

If my daughter read this, I would be pleased for her to learn that not everything you see on TV and movies is real. A discussion could occur with a child, but initiated because they don't understand the vocablulary... and if they understand the vocabulary, then they probably already understand the topic!
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