Daniel Craig’s gig in “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” turned out to be more harrowing than any 007 stunt.
At Saturday’s Crosby St. Hotel junket for the Columbia/MGM thriller, helmer David Fincher described the scene where Craig, with a plastic bag over his head, is tied and hoisted up by the villain. “The stunt coordinator came in and gave Daniel a clicker,” recalled Fincher. “He says Daniel has to hold this in his hand so that if he does lose consciousness — because he’s going to be acting like he’s suffocating, which is not very different from…”
“Suffocating,” Craig interjected.
Craig, unfortunately, had to use the clicker. According to the helmer, that day’s production report read: “Let Daniel go 15 minutes early. Due to unconsciousness.”
“Just another day working with David Fincher,” Craig said.
As for that hoisting contraption, “I took it home,” the actor noted with a straight face.
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A highlight of Warners’ “Joyful Noise” is the knockdown food fight waged between Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah.
At Saturday’s Regency Hotel junket in Gotham, Parton recalled, “I had to wear my (high heeled) shoes and kept sliding around in the spaghetti and skidding around. It’s a wonder I didn’t break a wrist or a neck.”
“She’s got the deadliest aim. I’ve got the deadliest headlock,” joked Latifah, who is a head taller than her co-star. “The short ones are always quicker, but once you’ve got them, you’ve got them.”
“If anybody doesn’t know, that’s the gayest scene I’ve ever shot,” said Todd Graff. The writer-director was inspired by his mother, who was “the Hadassah choir director of Bellrose, Queens. These ladies … sounded better than any Hadassah choir had any reason to sound.”
When Graff spoke by phone with black gospel legend Kirk Franklin about joining “Joyful Noise,” Graff knew he was “a young black woman in another life” when Franklin told him, “I have no idea whether you’re black or white and I’m assuming you’re black because of the way it was written.”