"Real people don't live their lives in isolation. I think that's part of the secret to any good crime franchise --to have a series' character people really want to get to know better. People in the UK and U.S. seem to really respond to Helen and Charlie and want to go where they do. "
So many films today seem to carry the same references to earlier work, indicating the influences that shaped the filmmaker in his work. But references are one thing; using those references for fresh inspiration is something else.
Lisbeth Salander is not a hero. She's not a woman we should all aspire to be, and she doesn't have superpowers -- but she is a strong character, and one worth the 158 minutes you'll spend with her if you see the highly anticipated film "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo."
With the upcoming release of the Hollywood version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- starring Daniel Craig and newcomer Rooney Mara and directed by David Fincher -- this Scandinavian capital is poised to attract an even broader tourist audience.
I think it was the right decision to cast an unknown in the role but they've put a big burden on such slight shoulders. Let's hope Mara is as resilient and fearless as the character she is about to play.