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Rooney Mara nearly quit acting after bad experience on Nightmare On Elm Street set

Rooney Mara nearly quit acting after bad experience on Nightmare On Elm Street set

The 2010 Nightmare on Elm Street remake almost caused Rooney Mara to quit acting

Rooney Mara revealed something on the set of the A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot caused her to nearly quit acting.

While she is better known for her roles in The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Her and Carol, Rooney Mara was in the reboot of A Nightmare On Elm Street and it almost caused her to quit acting.

Speaking on a recent episode of the LaunchLeft podcast, the actor wouldn't go into detail as to what exactly went wrong on the set of the horror movie reboot.

However, she did say it was 'not a good experience', which is also what a lot of people who went to see the movie came away thinking, as it did decent numbers at the box office but flopped critically.

Mara said the mindset working on the movie placed her in is one she still has to this day, thinking that she wouldn't act in a role unless she had a really good feeling about the part.

Rooney Mara did not enjoy working on A Nightmare On Elm Street.
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Speaking about filming A Nightmare On Elm Street, Mara explained that she came away from the movie's production thinking she was 'just not going to act anymore' unless a part really won her round.

She said: "A few years before I had done a Nightmare on Elm Street remake, which was not a good experience. I have to be careful with what I say and how I talk about it.

"It wasn’t the best experience making it and I kind of got to this place, that I still live in, that I don’t want to act unless I’m doing stuff that I feel like I have to do."

"So after making that film, I kind of decided, 'Ok, I'm just not going to act anymore unless it's something that I feel that way about."

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Luckily the same year that the A Nightmare On Elm Street reboot was released, she also starred in The Social Network, the movie about the founding of Facebook directed by David Fincher.

He directed her next movie in what ended up being her breakout role, as she played hacker extraordinaire Lisbeth Salander in his version of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

Mara says getting to work with David Fincher afterwards helped her stay in acting.
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She described getting the role in The Social Network as 'a definite real turning point in my life and my career', and credited Fincher for making it happen as the director 'had to fight really hard for me to get the part'.

Mara said the studio hadn't wanted to cast her in the movie, but it worked and on her next collaboration with Fincher she earned an Oscar nomination.

Both Rooney and her sister Kate have enjoyed successful acting careers, while in her personal life Rooney's partner is fellow actor Joaquin Phoenix, with the couple having a son named River after Phoenix's late brother.

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