Craig Passed Out During Suffocating Scene In The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

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December 19, 2011 | 2:20pm EST

Actor Daniel Craig truly suffered for his art while pretending to suffocate during a scene for The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo – he actually lost consciousness as the cameras rolled.
The James Bond star portrays journalist Mikael Blomkvist alongside lead character Rooney Mara in the Hollywood adaptation of the thriller, based on the books by late Swedish author Stieg Larsson.

But director David Fincher admits the shoot wasn’t without its complications – and Craig had a close call on set when he had to be hoisted in the air with a plastic bag placed over his head.

Fincher explains, “The first night that we got to the hoisting and the stunt co-ordinator came in and said, ‘Daniel has to hold this little metal thing in his hand so that if he does lose consciousness…’ Because he’s gonna be acting like he’s suffocating, which is not very different from actually suffocating…

“He was hoisted up and we were rolling and he had this thing in his hand and as I’m watching the monitor I hear, ‘Ting, ting, ting’ and we rush in (to the room) and he had passed out! On the production report it said, ‘Let Daniel go 15 minutes early due to unconsciousness.’

But action star Craig insists the incident is all part of the filmmaking process.

Brushing off the mishap, he says, “It was just another day working with David Fincher!”