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Old September 10 2010, 11:38 PM   #28
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Re: 'Gravity' (2012) dir. by Alfonso Cuarón 3D sci-fi space thriller

I'm skeptical about Portman in such a role as this. Very skeptical.

First, her frailness is not exactly what one pictures for such a character. (an astronaut)

Second, perhaps Cuaron can motivate her better than Lucas could (one would hope so) - but my impression from the prequels was also that she was more of a "reactor" than an "actor". (and by that I mean someone who has a hard time getting into the role without being surrounded by proper sets and other actors in character) But I confess I have not seem all of her work. She clearly can do very well in some parts, but she is not a self-motivated actor. The director has to coax it out of her.
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