The latest Bond man has recently taken another popular franchise under his wing. Daniel Craig assumes the mantel of investigative journalist Mikael Blomkvist in David Fincher’s adaptation of the Swedish novel and film series, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Metro got the exclusive scoop on Craig’s experience filming the movie and his (imagined) beef with the Kardashian clan.
Now that you’ve played a journalist, do you have any more sympathy for journalists?
I’ve always loved journalists. I don’t know where this story’s come from, that I have a problem with journalists. I have a problem with intrusion — that’s something different completely. But some of my heroes are journalists. I think that it’s an incredibly important job.
The opening credits made me think what a David Fincher Bond film might look like.
I could see him applying it to anything, really. I’d love to work with him again, and I’d do anything for him. David has a very happy set most of the time — as much as a set can ever be happy when you’re filming very dramatic scenes.
So who is the biggest joker among the group?
We’re all pretty good. It’s when it’s appropriate. When someone’s got a big, tough scene to do or it’s a tough day, you’re not making jokes. But sometimes it’s important just to break the tension. I couldn’t tell you who’s the funniest. God forbid I should give David way too much praise. He can’t be funny as well as being brilliant. That’s just not fair. [Laughs]
There was some financial trouble with the Bond franchise over the last couple of years, but that made it possible for you to do this film.
That’s true, it did, yes. I always knew it was going to work itself out. But I’d also kind of said to myself, if it doesn’t work out somebody else is going to do it. That’s the way it is. Bond will be fine, he’ll keep going. So I just kind of got on with life.
“Tattoo” has Oscar buzz, but do you worry that the roughness might scare off some voters?
Oh look, I can’t think about all that. It’s such a crazy period. If it offends a few people, good. I hope it does.
Craig vs. the Kardashians
In an interview with the U.K. edition of GQ, Craig indirectly called the reality star Kardashians “f—ing idiots.” Or did he?
What’s the deal between you and them?
I don’t know anything about this, and I’ve never seen the Kardashians. I mean, I have got a vague idea of what they are, but I’ve never watched the show.
Want to clear anything up?
I’ve got nothing to clear up. [Laughs] I think I’m probably being set up by somebody here. I don’t know what a Kardashian is.