Rooney, pies and my favorite Rooney Mara movies
I want to talk about Rooney Mara, pies and movies in this post. But where do i start? OK… Here i go… It has recently been revealed that during the production of Rooney Mara’s 2017 movie A Ghost Story she tasted her first pie. Ever.
Yes that’s right. The actress tasted pie for the first time at the age of 31 (the movie’s production was happening last year) and people are loosing their minds over it. Los Angeles Times reported that it was chocolate vegan pie and according to script, her character in that particular scene has to eat the entire pie, not just a slice of it. So, beforehand Producer James Johnston brought in a few pies from the vegan restaurant chain Spiral Diner & Bakery that he and his wife own in Texas; Mara tried every one and picked the chocolate flavor. Which didn’t go down so smoothly.
“I just don’t really have a sweet tooth and I was a really, really strange, geeky child. Something about pie always grossed me out and I just never tried it before,” said Mara.
Now people (especially in the US) were weirded out and surprised by this admission, but I’m really OK with it. I wouldn’t be caught dead eating something with spinach. Unlike Rooney, I’m not a picky eater myself, and the only thing I refuse to eat is spinach. I haaaate it. So i can relate to it.
However, this little trivial fact about Rooney, just reminded me of two things.
1. I need to bake myself a pie ASAP (a peach pie would be great)
2. I need to re-watch some of her movies
So, in honor of Miss Mara and her gastronomic effort in A Ghost Story I want to share my 5 picks of movies starring Rooney. I love every single one of them and I really want to re-watch them this week.
The Social Network
Directed by: David Fincher
It was my proper introduction to Rooney’s talent and this movie marked her first collaboration with Fincher. I just love the fact how she dominates the opening scene with Jesse. She is watchful and gentle at first but merciless and brutal as the scene progresses. Love her in Social Network despite the fact that her role in it is soooo limited.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Directed by: David Fincher
In order to convince the studio that Rooney Mara had what it takes to portray the strung out Lisbeth Salander, director David Fincher asked her to go out and get really drunk. He then had her come in the next morning after a night of vomiting, and took pictures of her in her hung-over state. This also convinced the studio to cast her. How can you not love her? I mean… She was sooo god here you have to come up with some other new word to describe acting after this movie. And I know I’m going to get some heat for this but I prefer Rooney’s portrayal of Lisbeth Salander that Noomi Rapace’s. She managed to capture the alienation in the character beautifully.
Ain’t Them Bodies Saints
Directed by: David Lowery
Can you say masterpiece? Because that’s what it is. A true god-damn masterpiece of a movie that sadly not many people know about. If you haven’t seen it, I beg of you to go ahead and see it. Not only Rooney and Casey Affleck are on top of their game, the movie is filled with Bonnie and Clyde vibes all over it. What more do you need?
Directed by: Todd Haynes
This is one beautiful movie. Visually stunning and elegant thanks to Haynes’s direction, the cinematography of Edward Lachman but marked by the breathtaking and gorgeous performances of Rooney and Cate Blanchett. The American Film Institute selected Carol as one of its ten Movies of the Year, and deservingly so. It’s just wonderful.
Directed by: Benedict Andrews
For every balance you’ll need a counterbalance. For every Rooney Mara you’ll need Ben Ben Mendelsohn on the opposite end to balance the talent. Add Tobias Menzies and Riz Ahmed in the bag and you have one of the best casting decisions ever. Una is powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing piece of film, with great writing and fantastic performances. I urge you to see it.