Natalie Portman makes a big comeback in “Thor: Love and Thunder” as her Jane Foster character transforms into Mighty Thor when wielding Mjolnir. Artificially raised for the needs of the feature film, yet naturally muscular, the actress spoke with conviction about the need to deliver strong women on the big screen, especially in these troubled times.
Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth, is not a superhero like the others. He is the only character to have dedicated four films to him, as well as having appeared in three Marvel feature films, as well as the television series “What If …?”.
Natalie Portman is not an actress like any other. In addition to his performance in “Léon” alongside Jean Reno, he also was part of the “Star Wars” franchise, received two Golden Globes, for “The Black Swan” and “Intimate”, a BAFTA and an Oscar, both for “The Black Swan.” She is also a producer, screenwriter and director, and participated, with Tessa Thompson, who is reprising her role as Valkyrie, in the creation of “Time’s Up”, an association that legally helps victims of violence gender in the context of their employment.
If she agreed to reprise the role of Jane, in which she was last seen in ‘Thor: A Dark World’ – in fact, her appearance in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was made through filming shot for the film. previous – is because she was no longer “that whore”. She now fights alongside Thor and Valkyrie to fend off the threat posed by Gorr (Christian Bale), with the film directed by Taika Waititi being a decidedly wacky, colorful and fun comedy.
“My view of superheroes has changed over the years. Having the opportunity to play Jane was an interesting way to explore the role of a superhero who is both vulnerable and weak while finding exceptional strength. I’ve seen all the work it takes to play a superhero, something I wasn’t aware of when I was just playing the “pitoune” on duty. I didn’t see everything that was going on behind the scenes, the choreography of the fights, the training, ”she indicated during the press conference for the presentation of the film that she preceded the interview with the QMI Agency. .
“After seeing Chris play Thor for so many years, it was crazy to try on the costume, it was surreal,” he said. Her training lasted 10 months, almost a whole year during which she lifted weights, did boxing, pilates, jump rope and many other exercises to make her develop the muscles we see on the screen. And during filming, she started her days around 4:30 am to include an hour of daily sport.
Natalie Portman being small, she is 1.60m tall, director Taika Watiti had to find a way to make her look taller next to Chris Hemsworth who is 1.90m tall The solution was relatively simple: the actress was moving on a raised platform. “I greet everyone’s fantasy that allowed them to choose a little actress”, she said laughing.
Invented soon after WWII or in the 1960s and 1970s, superheroes are more popular than ever, with Marvel and DC battling with hundreds of millions of dollars and special effects. More spectacular to bring the adventures of masked vigilantes to the big screen.
“I am so lucky that Jane transforms into Mighty Thor and I think the first comic that includes this change dates back to 2014,” she said in an interview with QMI Agency. The fact that Jane is a scientist has never been explored more prominently than in this film. And his becoming a superhero was an extraordinary opportunity. “
A war on women
Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Harley Quinn, Valkyrie … and now Mighty Thor, heroines with surprising powers are now legions to the delight of fans. But the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the federal right to abortion came with terrifying irony over the weekend of previews, press conferences and interviews for “Thor: Love and Thunder.” Interviewed the day after the announcement, Natalie Portman didn’t hesitate to enter the subject with both feet when she got the chance.
“Superheroines are really needed more than ever. At the moment, we are witnessing an all-out war against women in our country as well as in other regions of the world. Representations of different possibilities, of different emancipation for women today are an urgent need. I look to the powers of my colleagues to find inspiration and comfort. “
“Thor: A Dark World” came out in 2013, which is nine years ago, an eternity for the film industry, now marked by the advent of the #MeToo movement in 2016. But it wasn’t these changes that struck Natalie Portman the most. difficult on set.
“Taika is a singular creator and I had never worked with someone like him. It was a joy to be on his set and that’s the main difference in this movie when I compare it to everything I’ve done before. He brings so much joy and spontaneity to every moment of the shoot that it almost feels like he has a responsibility to make sure everyone on set has a good time. He constantly puts on music, spends time making jokes, he’s so warm and kind. His humor is always generous and is never humiliating for others. He creates a fully collaborative environment. He incorporates everyone’s ideas into the production and makes us all feel part of a family. “
“Thor: Amour et tonnerre” will be released in Quebec screens in effect on July 8.