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Old September 21 2013, 06:36 PM   #31
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

Really, the only time she was truly bad was when she was opposite Christensen--which was the majority of her scenes, unfortunately. The few times she was playing-off someone else, she was fine.

Between being forced to perform against a cardboard cut-out and a director who wasn't telling her what he wanted, she eventually stopped caring. And who can blame her?
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Old September 21 2013, 06:46 PM   #32
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

Part of the problem was that practically everyone in the prequels talked with pseudo-Shakespearean formality. Amongst the central trio in II and III, only McGregor seemed to be able to pull it off with any panache.
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Old September 21 2013, 08:51 PM   #33
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

Find me the character from Shakespeare's body of work who shares Jar Jar's accent?
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Old September 21 2013, 09:08 PM   #34
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

"To'sa be... or notsa to'sa be? That issa question okyday?"
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Old September 21 2013, 11:43 PM   #35
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

While a director definitely has an impact, Portman has a history of choosing which films she actually put any effort into and it's clear she didn't with the Star Wars prequels.
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Old September 21 2013, 11:59 PM   #36
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

But there must have been a point in the first one where she chose to give up.

On day one, she should have been over brimming with optimism.

Unfortunately everything is filmed out of order and there's hundreds of hours on the cutting room floor.
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Old September 22 2013, 12:20 AM   #37
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

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While a director definitely has an impact, Portman has a history of choosing which films she actually put any effort into and it's clear she didn't with the Star Wars prequels.
How much effort can one really put into being calm, cool, collected, dignified, and regal, though? IIRC, she didn't even get to sass anyone in all three of her movies the way Leia mocked Vader in her first scene. Lucas almost certainly never gave her his famous ANH instruction of "faster, and more intense". Unfair criticism is unfair, IMHO.
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Old September 22 2013, 12:34 AM   #38
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

She played a handmaiden, and a princess simultaneously in the first one.

Totally parent trapping it.

That has to require a little acting, or a shit load of kabuki make up.

Her stand-in was a whale riding Maori.

A lot of Make up.
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Old September 22 2013, 12:48 AM   #39
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She played a handmaiden, and a princess simultaneously in the first one.
But not both at the same time, that's what Keira was for.

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Her stand-in was a whale riding Maori.
That was the actress playing the Queen of Naboo at the time of Padme's death in ROTS.
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Old September 22 2013, 01:17 AM   #40
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Keira.

Crikey.

Her career has skyrocketed since those dark days.
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Old September 22 2013, 01:24 AM   #41
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

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@Turtletrekker: that is one sick pic. And misogynistic.
Hey, I just found it, I didn't 'shop it.
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Old September 22 2013, 01:35 AM   #42
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

I would love to see Knightly and Portman in a film together again.
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Old September 22 2013, 03:30 PM   #43
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

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But there must have been a point in the first one where she chose to give up.

On day one, she should have been over brimming with optimism.

Unfortunately everything is filmed out of order and there's hundreds of hours on the cutting room floor.
Can we still use that expression on a digital production?
Also, "footage" and "roll the film/tape" are gonna have to be consigned to history.
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Old September 22 2013, 08:50 PM   #44
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I would love to see Knightly and Portman in a film together again.
In a remake of The Knight Porter?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071910/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
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Old September 22 2013, 08:55 PM   #45
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Re: Natalie Portman in "Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones"

Like most of the prequel cast, Portman's performance seems to involve less effort in each successive film.
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