He plays Mikael Blomkvist in the hugely anticipated remake of Stieg Larsson’s darkly violent novel The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
The challenge for Hollywood filmmakers was to try and outdo the Swedish version which came out in UK cinemas last year. So had Daniel seen that adaptation first?
He told STV’s Grant Lauchlan: “I didn’t try and avoid it at all, I just didn’t get around to watching it.
“Then this came along, so it just seemed pointless to watch it and get distracted by it.”
For this movie there no pressure for the actor to maintain his six-pack and action man physique.
Daniel reasoned: “I just wanted to make him as normal as possible. I really like him: he’s idealistic, he believes in fighting injustice.
“He’s like a dog with a bone over a mystery he wants to solve, but he runs away when he’s scared. He’s normal, he’s human.”
As it turns out Daniel was actually told he was too lean and fit! He explained to Grant: “I’d just come off the set of Cowboys & Aliens and I was stick thin, and David [Fincher, the director] wanted me to pile on some pounds.”
Apparently he gorged on anything he could get his hands on – mainly pasta and red win.
So will he do the second and third stories from the trilogy? He said cautiously: “We’ll see. We’ll see if this one’s a success first. I’d love to do it if it was.”
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