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Natalie Portman Looks Badass With a Shaved Head. Why Don’t I?

July 7, 2008

Watched “V” last night. Ms. Portman is an excellent actress. If only someone Whedonesque would write her a script.

  1. jaynelovesvera permalink*
    July 7, 2008 4:28 am

    I think, Pointy, you must be psychic. A half hour before I saw your post I was thinking about posting re Portman.

    I agree she’s an excellent actress, but I prefer her childhood performances in films like Leon and Beautiful Girls. And I know why. She’s just as good an actress now, of course, but in those kid roles she played characters with a lot of vibrant personality.

    In Closer, the Star Wars films and even V to a lesser extent the characters seemed flatter. And I know I”m not explaining it well. Anthony Hopkins’ performance in Remains of the Day was extremely reserved yet also very intense. I don’t really feel that from Portman recently.

    It’s probably a flaw in my perception. I don’t know.

  2. pointy07 permalink*
    July 7, 2008 11:20 am

    I take mouse in hand to register maximum agreement.

    In Beautiful Girls, Ms. Portman had an internal contradiction — you could see the woman in the girl, and the girl who’s not yet a woman. But in V, she seems sorely lacking in subtext and internal conflict. She has a wonderfully expressive face, but it generally expresses just one thing, instead of one thing and the opposite thing. No internal conflict = no interest.

    Flatter’s definitely the word. You ever read Robert McKee’s “Story”? He has, IMHO, insightful things to say about characters gaining power and dimension from their internal contradictions.

    That may be one of the reasons Buffy’s so empathy-inspiring — she really wants to be an ordinary girl and she really wants to be an extraordinary superhero. (Plus, she’s played by the divine Ms. Sarah Michelle 😉

  3. jaynelovesvera permalink*
    July 9, 2008 4:08 am

    I may start a gallery of badass shaved-head people. There are quite a few.

    And haired folk who should be badass shaved-heads.

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