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Rooney Mara almost quit acting after a nightmare on the set of Elm Street

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Rooney Mara said on a recent episode of the “LaunchLeft” podcast (via IndieWire ) that David Fincher regained his faith in acting after nearly quitting after a bad experience remaking 2010’s “Nightmare on Elm Street.” The Oscar-nominated actor didn’t reveal what happened on set, but he described it as “not a good experience.”

“A few years ago [‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’], I did a ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ remake, which was not a good experience,” Mara said. “I have to be careful about what I say and how I talk about it. It wasn’t the best experience making it and I somehow got to this point, where I still am, I don’t want to act unless I’m doing something that I feel I have to do. So after making that film, I kind of decided, ‘Okay, I’m not going to act anymore unless it’s something I think.’

Fortunately for Mara, she quickly got on Fincher’s radar following “A Nightmare on Elm Street.” The pair first joined forces for “The Social Network,” where Mara made a huge impression in the opening scene as an ex-girlfriend tearing up with Mark Zuckerberg. Mara wasn’t a household name back then, so Fincher had to go to bat to cast her.

“He had to fight really hard for me to get the part because the studio didn’t want me for it,” Mara said. “It was a definite real turning point in my life and my career.”

Fincher would then cast Mara in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, which earned her an Oscar nomination and put her career on a better path.

“I worked on it for a year,” continued Mara. “David really took me under his wing. He became my mentor in many ways. He took so much care to make sure I knew I had a voice and that my opinion meant something. He was constantly empowering me, which I think really influenced the rest of my choices after that.”

Mara is currently Oscar-winning for her role in Sarah Polley’s “Woman Talking,” now in theaters.

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