The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo : David Fincher’s Commentary
The way that it connected to Officer Morell, who we see David Dencik in flashback here, and then to Officer Morell as he is in modern day, and that’s Donald Sumpter. When we connect the two, we went with this idea of this gestural link between them, the lighting of the cigarette. We see him step out of the trees and he lights a cigarette and then we cut to him present day finishing lighting the cigarette. It wasn’t intended that way, it was just one of these things that we found as we were cutting the material that we needed to really be able to tie this guy in the past to this guy in the present. Originally the train shot as he goes up to Hedeby was going to be used to connect them, but we ended up doing it just with the cigarette.