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What's Next for Dragon Tattoo Star Noomi Rapace? | Noomi Rapace

What's Next for Dragon Tattoo Star Noomi Rapace?

Originally posted 11/07/2010 08:00PM

When Noomi Rapace won the role of the gutsy Lisbeth Salander in Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo films, she knew it would change her life. But not quite the way she expected.

"I thought everyone would hate me!" says Rapace, 30, who transformed herself into an androgynous, punky, chain-smoking computer hacker for the three Swedish movies. "The readers of the books have such a strong relationship with her as a character, I thought they'd never accept what I did with Lisbeth. It felt like a suicide mission to accept the role."

To prepare, Rapace trained kick-boxing four times a week for seven months, dieted, got a motorcycle license, cut her hair and pierced herself a total of six times.

Her 7-year-old son Рwith Swedish actor Ola Rapace Рwas at first hesitant about his mom's new look.  "For the first movie, he asked me, 'Mom, why do you want to look like a teenage boy?'" she says. "For the last movie, I shaved my head on both sides like a Mohawk. I brought him with me when I did it, because I didn't want to come home and look like Edward Scissorhands and scare him! He sat there and looked at me and said, 'Mom, why are you doing this?'  After a while, he said, 'I think it looks good! I want a hairdo like that, too!' That's when I said, 'Stop!'"

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Which New Movie Will You See This Weekend? | Sherlock Holmes, Avatar, It's Complicated, Nine, Up in the Air

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Which New Movie Will You See This Weekend?

Originally posted 12/25/2009 10:30AM

This year, Christmas offers some starry gifts for moviegoers – an array of movies in all genres. But which flick will you be lining up for?

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VIDEO: Sherlock Holmes Fights To Save England

Originally posted 11/05/2009 05:20PM

Rollicking fight scenes. Sexual innuendo. Witty repartee. Mystery. The new trailer for Sherlock Holmes has it all.

In the upcoming flick, directed Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jr. plays Holmes as a brilliant, feisty – and ripped – detective on a mission to save England from his nemesis played by Mark Strong.

"Tomorrow, the world as you know it ... will end," says a foreboding voice over from Strong.

"Well, there isn't any time to waste then," quips Holmes before leaping out a window.

Together, Holmes and his loyal colleague Watson (Jude Law) embark on a wild ride to thwart the evil plan.

The movie, also starring Rachel McAdams, hits theaters Christmas Day.
Marla Lehner

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