“Please don’t let there be reshoots”: Natalie Portman Was Praying to God After Her Oscar Winning Movie Put Her into Absolute Torture

"Please don't let there be reshoots": Natalie Portman Was Praying to God After Her Oscar Winning Movie Put Her into Absolute Torture
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Natalie Portman, a talented and acclaimed actress, has consistently delivered remarkable performances throughout her career. Her dedication to her craft is evident in her willingness to go to extreme lengths for her roles. One such role that showcased her commitment was her portrayal of Nina in the psychological thriller Black Swan.

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This gripping film delves into the dark and demanding world of ballet, where Portman’s performance earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. However, behind the scenes, Portman’s journey to embody Nina was not without its challenges. The Thor: Love and Thunder star had to undergo an extreme weight loss transformation to justify her character in the film. 

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Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman’s Extreme Transformation For Black Swan

Black Swan is a gripping and psychological thriller that delves into the dark and intense world of ballet. Released in 2010, the film follows the journey of Nina, played by Natalie Portman, a talented ballerina who strives for perfection in her pursuit of the lead role in Swan Lake. As the pressures mount, Nina’s mental and physical well-being begins to unravel, blurring the line between reality and obsession. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan masterfully combines elements of horror and drama to create a visually stunning and emotionally captivating cinematic experience. 

In preparation for her role in Black Swan, Natalie Portman underwent a dramatic physical transformation. She reportedly lost a significant amount of weight, around 20 pounds, to authentically portray the physically demanding life of a ballerina. The Jackie star’s commitment to the character led her to adopt a strict diet and intense workout regimen. The toll it took on her body was immense, as the acclaimed actress revealed that she barely ate anything at that time despite having long working hours. 

“I was barely eating, I was working 16 hours a day. I was almost method-acting without intending to. I do wonder now how people can do this kind of role when they have a family.”

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Natalie Portman in the Black Swan

Natalie Portman Wished To Avoid Reshoots In Black Swan

Having endured the physically and emotionally demanding process of bringing Nina to life, Portman seemed pretty delighted once the shoots were over as she no longer had to maintain her lean figure of a ballerina. The Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium star revealed that she wished to avoid reshoots at any cost, as she had no plans to once again adhere to the grueling demands and diet of the ballet lifestyle.

“I was like, pasta, pasta, pasta! No working out. It was pretty immediate. I was ready to leave the ballet life. I was like, ‘Please don’t let there be reshoots … because I don’t think I could get back into the costumes!”

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Black Swan (2010)
Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman’s portrayal of Nina in Black Swan showcased her incredible talent and unwavering dedication to her craft. Her extreme weight loss and immersive approach to the character highlight her commitment to delivering an authentic and captivating performance, impressing audiences and critics alike. 

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Black Swan is available on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: Daily Mail; The Things

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