April 20, 2012

Rooney Mara vs Noomi Rapace

Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara, whose names are almost anagrams of each other, are actors who both play Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish and Hollywood versions of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

Which one do you think fits the bill better?

My husband, who is a completist, purchased the extended Swedish version. Originally called Millennium, it actually ran on Swedish TV before it had a theatrical release. It's nine hours long. Therefore I'm more partial to Noomi Rapace because I've been exposed to her more than Rooney Mara.

Noomi just seems a little tougher, a little more grownup. It's more believable that the men she meets, Armansky and Blomkvist, fall for her just a little. Rooney just seems a little young, a little frail, although Lisbeth is frequently mistaken for a rebellious teen.

My husband, the completist, has also purchased all three books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in hardcover. That will have to round out his purchases because Stieg Larsson died of a heart attack in 2004 at the age of 50.


Starling&Grobba said...

I have only read and watched the Swedish version. Loved it!

Kathy Bischoping said...

Definitely Rapace. She plays it more proactive and Mara more reactive. And, given that this is a character who lives on junk food, Rapace (looking "naturally thin", if there is such a thing) looks right for it, whereas Mara has been starved for the role.

But then there's Emma Roberts, in this spoof, The Girl with the Tramp Stamp Tattoo, here on youtube:


and hard to find fault with in any way.

The Clever Pup said...

Thanks Kathy - Is it nicorettes gum she's hiding under her top lip? I'm just starting book 3.
Yes, the Girl with the Tramp Stamp Tattoo is very funny. I probably found it via you in the first place.

Kathy Bischoping said...

Now, who would you rather swap clothes with?

The Clever Pup said...

Kathy, If I were 20, Noomi in heartbeat. I rocked
7 buckle boots in the 80s but those days are long gone.

le chat said...

Me too, prefer the Swedish version, Noomi Rapace got the angry look, and Rooney Mara softer...