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Five Things We Learn from Esquire on Daniel Craig: Dragon Tattoo Violence, Tintin Leotard

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 7, 2011 at 5:18AM

Esquire learned many things from Daniel Craig, much more than his favorite word being "fuck" and his blue eyes being money-makers. The British star has several anticipated movies due in theaters and in the works and plenty to talk about: Cowboys & Aliens (trailer below, July 29), Dream House (September 30), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (teaser below, December 21), The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 23) and Bond 23 (2012). (At the time of the interview, Craig's Dream House co-star Rachel Weisz was his girlfriend, not yet his wife.)
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Esquire learned many things from Daniel Craig, much more than his favorite word being "fuck" and his blue eyes being money-makers. The British star has several anticipated movies due in theaters and in the works and plenty to talk about: Cowboys & Aliens (trailer below, July 29), Dream House (September 30), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (teaser below, December 21), The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (December 23) and Bond 23 (2012). (At the time of the interview, Craig's Dream House co-star Rachel Weisz was his girlfriend, not yet his wife.)

1. There's more than one way to do violence.

Craig confirms that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is really violent: "It's as adult as you can possibly make it. This is adult drama. I grew up, as we fucking all did, watching The Godfather and that, movies that were made for adults...Nobody makes those anymore. And Fincher, he's not holding back...He showed me some scenes recently, and my hand was over my mouth, going, Are you fucking serious?"....However, it isn't necessarily violent in the way you think it is: "There's more than one way to sense violence. Much more powerful ways than seeing it step-by-step."

2. Steven Spielberg's sets (like Tintin, for which Craig performed a role two years ago) get lots of visitors, even when Craig is wearing a leotard.

"We shot it in mo-cap. Which is like: Fuck me, I'm literally in a leotard with a fucking helmet on, and a camera strapped to it. It's Steven Spielberg, so every fucker in the world comes to visit. Fincher comes to visit. Clint fucking Eastwood comes to visit. It was just like, are you kidding me? I'm gonna meet these people dressed like this? Playing a pirate, wearing a leotard and a camera? Really?"

3. Craig gets to be himself.

Jon Favreau, Craig's Cowboys & Aliens director, on trying to describe the actor, who "has fire in his belly, his dance card is full, he works to give you his all": "I think it's in your DNA, it's in your bones, the measure of what you're going to be when you finally get to be yourself,..I think he's there. Daniel Craig's getting to be himself."

4. Craig is very happy with his Bond 23 director:

"Sam's gonna do it, Sam Mendes, and I'm really fucking really lookin' forward to the fact that he's gonna do it."

5. He likes to argue.

About failing pension systems and class, for example: "Not everybody's happy with their situation!...There are some fucking seriously poor people, who are mixing with your diminishing middle class, and there's a sort of ever-growing fucking ruling class, and it's like, it's obvious."

[Photo courtesy of Esquire]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.