Natalie Portman says Star Wars: Episode I almost ruined her career
Yeah, Lucas destroyed a lot of people with his pieces of sh!t Star Wars prequels but this shows you how even one of the best actresses of our times wasn’t immune to being splashed by the Lucas crap.
Joblo.com reports a story in New York Magazine in which Portman talks about the late Mike Nichols and how he tried to help her recover from being in Phantom Menace:
Star Wars had come out around the time of Seagull, and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, “Put her in Cold Mountain, I vouch for her.” And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis.
Not wanting to turn this into a discussion and debate about how absolutely horrible the prequels were but…
My main interest in this is that Portman finally feels comfortable criticizing the crappy prequels and is willing to admit it hurt her career. It destroyed the career of the kid who played young Annikin. (Don’t care I misspelled it)
There were some of the best actors in the world in the Star Wars prequel films and without exception Lucas captured some of their absolute worst work ever.
Lucas was so obsessed with fitting as many digital effects into every shot he ignored the actors and their performances.
What mystifies is that after the first Star Wars he was smart enough to known he didn’t have what it took to write and direct again and got Lawrence Kasdan to write Empire and get someone else to direct it.
Lucas had a pile of cash and easily could have given Kasdan a million to rewrite the prequels— instead it ended up with crappy scripts that turned into crappy films.