THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB Claire Foy on Lisbeth Salander’s Sexuality

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THE GIRL IN THE SPIDER’S WEB

The Girl in the Spider’s Web is a crime thriller starring Claire Foy and directed by Fede Álvarez.  Foy plays Lisbeth Salander, a vigilante that rescues battered women and takes revenge on their behalf.  Foy recently spoke about her feelings on the character and Lisbeth’s impact on society.  The Girl in the Spider’s Web hits U.S. theaters on November 9, 2018.

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The character of Lisbeth Salander was originally played by Rooney Mara in the U.S. adapation of the The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  At a recent press conference for the film, Foy was asked about playing Lisbeth Salander, a bi-sexual character.  “Well, the thing that I love about her, so much, is her unwillingness to be identified in any particular way.  She rejects any labelling, anything that society wants to put on her, and anyone else wants to put on her.  She lives entirely as herself.  And therefore, she will seek pleasure where she seeks pleasure.  Whether that’s a man or a woman, or on her own.” 

BEING OPEN

“She has absolutely no, kind of… judgement or ability to identify with other people in that way.  And so, therefore she treats other people like that as well.  Which means that she’s incredibly open.  Somebody who, you would think, looks a particular way and so therefore is a particular type of person, she just is not at all.  I think we could do with people who kind of… are open to absolutely everything and therefore accept that in other people as well.” 

FINDING TRUTH

“What I do find… what I thought was so important about that, and me and Fede [Álvarez] spoke about is as well, was that it didn’t become like a cliché. Or a sort of tool by which to say this person has sex with women, she’s a woman, and therefore that tells you something about her.  And I don’t think that that’s true.  Ultimately, it’s about the person and finding the truth of that person.  And so, we just took it as… there was never any… Originally, there was this sort of sex scene thing.  And it wasn’t not included, it was just not included because it didn’t serve the character.  There was no purpose to it.  And the last thing anyone would ever want to do was put up a random, titillating kind of thing in there if it doesn’t serve the purpose of the story.”

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