What should Natalie Portman do next?

Natalie-PortmanImage Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images Record 20902344By tomorrow morning, Natalie Portman will have accomplished more this week than most of us do in a lifetime, adding an all-but-certain Oscar nomination for Black Swan to the $20 million opening she already racked up for her rom-com, No Strings Attached, this weekend. And that’s on top of the news that she’ll have five movies in theaters this year. Five! Come on, Natalie: You’re making the rest of us look bad.

The success of both Black Swan and No Strings Attached proves that Portman can pull off just about any genre. But let’s imagine for a second that you’re her manager, plotting her next move. Would you advise a comedy or a drama? Things to keep in mind: She already has the stoner fantasy Your Highness coming out in April, followed by the big-budget Thor in May. And theoretically, she’ll be taking a little time off in the coming months to welcome a bouncing baby into her life. She may well win an Oscar this March, so it might be a good idea to add a little levity to her image with something lighthearted. But in that case, wouldn’t you also want to capitalize on her post-Oscar clout to set up a heavy-hitting passion project, like, say A Tale of Love and Darkness, the Israeli memoir that Portman has said she’d like to direct someday?

Okay, PopWatchers: Put on your best Hollywood hotshot face (spray tan, shades, Bluetooth) and pick Portman’s next part: Should it be a comedy or a drama? Or something else entirely?

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  • j

    stop torturing us with her ‘acting’

    • Tye-Grr

      You’re an idiot. I think you meant to refer this to Kristen Stewart.

    • Ben

      No, he’s right. Time for Hollywood to cast somebody else for a while and give us a bit of a break from Portman overload.

  • Becky

    “first ever rom-com”? What about Garden State?

    • Reiley

      I’ve never really considered Garden State to be a romantic comedy.

    • Dalia

      This was my thought as well but I can understand why Garden State wouldn’t be considered a Rom-com. The “romance” wasn’t the central story in Garden State.

    • SirLizard

      “Garden State a rom-com!?” Did you ever see it, Becky? It was neither “rom” nor “com”, even if it had elements of both.

    • AM

      Garden State isn’t a rom-com.

  • therealeverton

    Get Luc Besson on the phone and get that Mathilda movie sorted now!

    Leon (The Professional to Americans) was a classic and we’ve been waiting since 1995 to see Mathilda get her money!

    • kylla

      Get Luc Besson on the phone and get us another Fifth Element. Love that movie.

    • Prunella Von Schleidlhaagen

      That’s what I’m talking about!

  • Toni

    I think THOR will get terrible reviews and returns, continuing the grand tradition of gorgeous female Oscar winners following their winning films with tepid, misguided action/adventure films. (Halle Berry, Monsters Ball-Catwoman, Charlize Theron, Monster-Aeon Flux)

    • travis

      except that Natalie is not the lead in her film. She is merely the love interest, so the film’s success does not rest on her shoulders and if it fails (either critically or commercially) it won’t hurt her career in the least.

    • therealeverton

      I predict that Thor will get very good reviews and it’s unique mix of Lord of The Rings style Fantasy, modern day (Iron Man style) Sci-fi and Alien “gods” will find a massive audience. Branagh will have pulled terrifc performances from what is a top rate cast (Hopkins, Portman, Elba!).

      Also THor isn’t her follow up movie, she’s already followed her winning film (if it wins) with No strings, Your Highness will be out after Oscars as well so that’s TWO films before Thor.

      She’s not JUST the love interest but the film won’t rest on her shoulders anymore than The Star Wars prequels did. no one with any sense blames her for the awfulness of Episode II, the writing and directing took the hit for that.

    • AM

      In case you hadn’t noticed the title of the film is THOR. Natalie obviously isn’t the title character like Halle Berry was or Charlize Theron. She has a supporting role. SO the success of the film does not hinge on her names.

  • James Howlett

    Toni-you’re an idiot…Portman is a supporting actress in Thor and made it prior to Black Swan coming out. Berry and Theron won their Oscars and then decided to make those star-vehicles.

  • Kelsey

    Make another good film and prove that Black Swan wasn’t a fluke? I know she’s the flavor of the moment and she’ll probably win the Oscar, but one good performance (well, two, I guess, counting The Professional) doesn’t make up for 10+ years of being wooden and/or annoying.

    • lefty

      she wasn’t wooden in Garden State…at all.

    • Tye-Grr

      She was great in ‘Closer’, ‘Brothers’, ‘Garden State’, ‘Beautiful Girls’, and her latest film ‘The Other Woman’. I think she’s already proven she’s not a fluke with this being her second Oscar nomination and most likely her first win.

    • Jake

      “Wooden and/or annoying” – you’re referring to Star Wars. That was the director’s problem

    • therealeverton

      you’re a comedian obviously. Three star Wars films, where she gave the performance she was directed to don’t erase virtually every other performance she’s ever given. She aint flavour of the month she’s been one of most people in the business’ favourite performers (on talent not star power) for 15 years; and most viewers respect her talent too.

    • Beau

      Sounds like old Kelsey’s got a little “green monster” thing goin’ on. Relax, everything’s gonna be alright.

    • Paul

      If not wooden, she certainly lacks expression and inflection. She hasn’t really grown as an actress over the years, giving fairly monotone flat performances. It’s easy to blame George Lucas’s direction and writing for how she was in Star Wars – until you look at how Carrie Fisher managed far better with the same kind of material. Portman was well chosen for her role in Black Swan within the range she can play in, just as Keanu was with Neo in the Matrix…let’s see what the future brings for her.

      • therealeverton

        Not sure what films you’ve seen her in other than Star Wars then, because I can’t think of a single other film she has been either poor, or “flat” as you describe in.

        Your Star Wars argument also has no weight. unless you choose to dismiss the poor performances from other, well known, and quality actors in those movies, Samuel L Jackson, Liam Neeson, Ewan McGreggor, et al. It wasn’t so much that they all gave poor performances as that they gave the performances asked of them, which can be viewed as flat. Portman was only poor in Episode II where she and Hayden had some of the worst dialogue in the history of cinema and were unable, perhaps because of their age, to rise above it.

  • MJ

    Making her directorial debut with Amos Oz’s memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness sounds great! But after securing the rights, she should hire a top notch screenwriter…I wager it won’t be easy to adapt.

  • Bette

    Enjoy motherhood.

    • b

      Exactly. She deserves a little time off – and with so many movies coming out in the next year, it’s not like she’ll fall off anyone’s radar if she takes a year or two off!

    • Quirky

      Yup, I can see her taking a few years off to raise her child. It’s not like she needs the paycheck like some actors seem to need (i.e. Nic Cage, Lindsay Lohan, etc.)

  • Breckster82

    how bout raising her child…

    • Wills

      That’s what I was going to say…I also think she has stated that she was going to take time off for that very reason!

  • Tom

    :Although she should win for Black Swan, let’s not forget she has made some colossal stinkers in the past that she’s gotten away with because she’s just so damn beautiful. She should stick with challenging directors and dynamic characters and stay away from the Oprah approved shmaltz. What about that Bunny Lake is missing movie that Reese Witherspoon was supposed to do a few years ago?

    • AM

      Every actor has made stinkers in their career. Lets keep in mind that most stinkers are created via the producing and editing process. But I give Natalie props in that she has always done interesting things and has never played it safe.

  • SirLizard

    I was hoping she’d kick some butt in “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”.

  • cam

    yeah: I second pride & prejudice and zombies. but she should put a limit on her promotional duties this year to grow and deliver her baby/get married/be a mom.

  • mickey

    She should do the Farrelly Bros version of the 3 Stooges, and show what a sport she is to take a pie in the face.

  • PlainBane

    Personally I’d love to Natalie play Lois Lane in Zack Synder’s Superman movie because she is perfect for the role however she is already the love interest in Thro and I don’t like mixing superhero movies.

    I’d love to see her direct the movie in the above referenced article. She’s smart enough and experienced enough to do it. However I never plan on seeing No Strings Attached.

  • User

    She should do porn next.

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