Thor: Love and Thunder – Natalie Portman reveals she was asked to be ‘as big as possible’ to play superhero

Natalie Portman has described her role in the upcoming Marvel Studios movie Thor: Love and Thunder as being in direct contrast to her Oscar-winning performance in the 2010s Black swan.

The 41-year-old actress recently spent 10 months working with a coach to build her physique to play the superhero The Mighty Thor, a very different physical challenge than the one she faced twelve years ago playing a obsessed ballet dancer in Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller. .

“On Black swanI was asked to be as small as possible, ”said Portman Variety. “Here I was asked to be as big as possible. It is a fantastic challenge – and also a state of mind as a woman. ”

Portman, who is five-foot-three, added that the experience was a revelation to her.

“To get this reaction and be seen as great, you realize, ‘Oh, this has to be so different, to go through the world this way,'” she said. “When you’re small – and also, I think, because I started as a child – I often feel young or small or like a pat on the head kind of person. And I present myself that way also because of it. . ”

Thor: Love and Thunder – which is set to premiere on July 8 – is directed by Taika Waititi and is considered a direct sequel to his 2017 Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok. Portman did not appear in that film, but appeared earlier in the 2011s Thor and the 2013s Thor: The Dark World as Thor’s love interest Dr. Jane Foster.

The latter received some of the worst reviews of any of the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Portman said it did not bother her.

“I mean, I had it with me The professional also, ”she said, referring to Luc Besson’s 1994 thriller, known as Leon in Great Britain. “It was slaughtered critically, and now, despite having been in Marvel and Star Wars movies, it’s the most important thing people come up to me about. It and Star Wars are two examples of things like when they came out, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, this is a disaster.’ And then 20 years later – in fact 30 years later too The professional – it’s loved. “

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