Natalie Portman Talks ‘Star Wars’ Return And Being Written Out Of The MCU

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Natalie Portman sat down with GQ for the popular series called “Actually Me” and replied to fans on the internet. She spoke about all aspects of her life from her Black Swan (2010) ballet ability, passion for soccer, and love for books. Keep reading to see what she revealed specifically about Star Wars and The Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Natalie Portman Responds to Fans About Her Time in the Star Wars Franchise

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“Say what you want about the prequels, but the costume design was amazing.”

(Portman refers to the below behind-the-scenes photo with director George Lucas from Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace.)

It was amazing. This one is pretty incredible. It’s got such like, kind of Japanese elements. From the second one, I took one of Anakin’s braids, he had that little like braid hanging down. Then I lost it, you know? So that’s not very helpful.

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“Any chance that [Padmé Amidala]/Natalie Portman returns to Star Wars? Her character really deserves it with the way she was treated in Revenge of the Sith and overall importance for the OT story.”

I have no information on this. No one’s ever asked me to return, but I’m open to it.

“Did Taika Waititi forget Natalie Portman was in Star Wars?”

He says he did ’cause he like asked me if I wanted to be in a Star Wars movie and I was like, “I was.” I thought he was joking. He’s such a joker that I thought it was a joke. And then afterwards he said in some interview that he, like, was cringing afterwards.

Natalie Portman’s Take On Her Part in the Thor Marvel Film Series

“Was Natalie Portman okay being written out of the MCU?”

I wasn’t aware that it was written out, but I feel like I participated in three films of the MCU so I’m very proud of that and happy I got to do that.

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“I don’t think we appreciate Thor nearly enough for just how immensely weird it was. Sir Anthony Hopkins, Idris Elba, Natalie Portman fresh off an Oscar win? Kat Dennings as the comic relief? Directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh? What a lineup for a superhero flick.”

Thanks, that’s really nice. I also feel like so much of it is funny because they had such trouble with, like, schedules that a lot of people weren’t there at the same time, so we’d also be like doing scenes with some guy that looked a lot like Anthony Hopkins but wasn’t Anthony Hopkins but wearing his wig and costume and saying his lines. So there was a lot of unusual stuff in the filming process of that too.

I thought it was so cool to have Kenneth Branagh doing a Marvel movie ’cause he had been so renowned for his Shakespeare adaptations and it seemed so ripe to take this like Norse mythology and treat it with that kind of Shakespearean family saga feeling. So it always seemed like an inspired choice.

Check out the full GQ interview below!

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!