April 20, 2014

David Fincher talks “Dragon Tattoo” and film’s Oscar chances – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: David Fincher knows his way around the Oscar dance, having just maneuvered the lengthy awards season last year for his brilliant “The Social Network” and ahead of that for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” So when asked if he thought his upcoming picture, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” has Best Picture aspirations, he bluntly explains that it doesn’t … and why.

“There’s too much anal rape in this movie,” Fincher jokingly points out. “I think we’re very safe.”

The director was talking to EW.com about his “Tattoo” adaptation, which hits theaters on Dec. 21. And while he says he isn’t necessarily pushing for Oscar, he understands that these things tend to work themselves out on their own.

“When it came to ‘Benjamin Button,’ I wanted it for Brad [Pitt] more than Brad wanted it for himself,” Fincher tells the site. And for “Social,” he lobbied for screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and star Jesse Eisenberg.

“I thought that kid f—ing brought it, and I was incredibly thankful to be able to be there and record that performance. It’s an exceptionally brave and tremendous performance. When a movie is celebrated in whatever way, I think it’s bad form not to engage in some way, because people shower you with goodwill. It seems only polite to acknowledge it and be thankful for it. And then there’s 90 percent of it that is, ‘If you’re going to do this Q&A, you have to do this Q&A. if you’re going to do this, you have to do that.’”

“It’s an incredible drain — a cosmic drain,” Fincher continues. “Because you have to be on your best behavior. Every little weird facial tic that you may already have is now going to come under weird scrutiny on f—ing YouTube.”

The man gets it. Whether Oscar responds to his latest is undecided, but you have to admire Fincher’s candor, as always.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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