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Boxer Paolo Roberto is featured as a character in the original novel and plays himself in the movie. This is quite possibly only the fourth time in film and literature that this has happened. Previously, Richard Kiley was the tour guide voice in Jurassic Park (1993), having been identified as such in Michael Crichton's novel. Lady Chablis played herself in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997) after being a character in the original novel by John Berendt. Finnish painter, Kimmo Kaivanto, played himself in Goodbye, Mr. President (1987) after being a character in the original novel by Pentti Kirstilä.
The role of Ronald Niederman is played by Micke Spreitz. Spreitz got the part after the filmmakers' original choice Dolph Lundgren turned the role down. If Lundgren had taken the part it would have been his first role in his native country, Sweden.
The name on Salander's apartment door, V. Kulla, is a reference to Astrid Lindgren's character Pippi Longstocking and her house Villa Villekulla.
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In the early scene where the editors are meeting in the Millennium office, there's a pile of magazines. Prominently displayed is a copy of EXPO, the anti-fascist magazine Stieg Larsson helped found in 1995.
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Of the three books/films in the Millennium Trilogy, this is the only one whose English title is a literal translation of the Swedish original. 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' was originally titled 'Men Who Hate Women'. 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest' was originally titled 'The Castle in the Sky that was Blown Up'.
At the time he was approached to play himself in the movie, Paolo Roberto hadn't known the novel featured him as a character.
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When the police are in Lisbeth's apartment, one is sifting through her mail. Briefly seen is the September/October 2008 issue of Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine with Jow Ga Grandmaster Hoy Lee on the cover.
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The film had already earned over $51 million internationally before it was released in the USA.
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For its US release, the film was put in three times as many theaters as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) and grossed three times as much in its initial run.
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Director Daniel Alfredson is the brother of Tomas Alfredson, director of Let the Right One In (2008) and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Part of the plot of this film revolves around two involved, but unmarried journalists. Dag Svensson and Mia Bergman (Johansson in the book), who live together, are murdered because of the nature of their reporting. Blomkvist and his associates are then stuck with the ethical issue of what to do with their reporting, and how or if to finish their work for them. This quite closely parallels the life and tragic death of the author Stieg Larsson. Larsson lived with his girlfriend Eva Gabrielsson, but they were unmarried to avoid publicizing their address. Like Svensson and Johansson/Bergman, they worried about death threats. Though there was no evidence of foul play in Larsson's death, his Millenium series was unfinished. Like Svensson, he had a fourth book unfinished. Fighting between Gabrielsson and Larsson's family over the rights and royalties have left the rest of the series unwritten.
Michael Blomqvist and Lisbeth Salander don't actually share a scene until the climax 2 hours into the film.
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