David Fincher: The look on Jesse’s face after Andrew says, “Oh god, we’re in so much trouble now,” and you cut to Jesse and he has this sort of impish look on his face, like “so what? Isn’t that the point, to be naughty?” and then you see it sink in for a second—he’s like, “oh wait a minute.” I remember watching him as we were shooting and he did it probably 12 or 13 times, and every time it was just a little bit different. You could just tell he had his fingers tightly around the throat of exactly what he was doing with this guy, and it’s a great pleasure to watch somebody who is as skillful as Jesse Eisenberg is. He doesn’t, I think, give himself the credit a lot of times because he’s so much of a responder. He’s not the kind of actor who wants to take center stage; he wants to react. But when you see him be this good for this many weeks in a row—and I remember he took me aside at one point and said, “You would tell me if I was sucking ass, you would tell me if I was terrible?” and I said, “Oh yeah, absolutely, you would be the first to know.”
— DVD commentary
“When you’re talking about having to introduce a character like this, she has to ride up in a motorcycle and whip off her helmet and you don’t want it to look like a Clairol commercial. I wanted her to take off this helmet and instead of it being these long, flowing locks she has this hair like a porcupine and to follow her through this office so you really establish what a, sort of, fringe-line human she is.” - David Fincher [x]
“Only in a world this shitty could you even try to say these were innocent people and keep a straight face. But that’s the point. We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it’s common, it’s trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night.”
There’s a moment in the Swedish movie, where Noomi [Rapace] does this incredibly great thing in the bathroom. She finds this dispenser of soap and she puts soap on her hand and then she washes her mouth out with soap and we knew we needed to acknowledge that was a great thing and we couldn’t touch it, we wouldn’t go near it, but I like the fact that we were able sort of up the stakes. And the odd way she looks at a soap dispenser and decides that’s not enough and then she walks over to the toilet and gags herself and throws up his semen. - David Fincher [x]
I think people are perverts. I maintain that’s the foundation of my career.
Alright, now the stunt guy here. No pads on the legs.
Yeah, I've never been more scared than watching that guy.
Because we watched, he did the first time and everyone's amazed. Those stairs are hard. Everyone's clapping and then we just hear, 'once again!'
And he did it eight times.
No, he did it twelve.
It was Fincher's sadism. And what take did you use?
[laughing] I used take number one.