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Here’s How Natalie Portman Says The Star Wars Prequels Almost Ruined Her Career

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Natalie PortmanFor an actor, having a signature, career-defining role, can be a double-edged sword. Sure, it means that you’re permanently part of the pop culture landscape, and no matter what happens afterwards, you will always be remembered. That can also be part of the problem. No matter what, you’ll always be remembered for that one part. If it’s good, you spend the rest of your career trying to out do what you accomplished earlier, and if it’s bad, that failure will dog you. Such is the case with Natalie Portman, who claims her role in the Star Wars prequels almost ruined her career.

Prior to landing the Amidala role in George Lucas’ much-derided trilogy, Portman only had a few, largely supporting roles on her resume. She did, however, show a great deal of promise and skill beyond her young years in Luc Besson’s modern action classic Leon: The Professional. She was on the way up, but her turns in The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones took her for a bit of a detour. These were big roles in movies that everyone saw, and she wasn’t particularly good. Granted, there are a great many terrible things in those movies, so it isn’t entirely on her, but her career took a hit.

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Five(ish) Sci-Fi Movies Roger Ebert Championed More Than He Should Have

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roger ebertToday, over a year after his death, film critic extraordinaire Roger Ebert would have been 72 years old. Chances are, he would have had a few key points to make about how awesome Edge of Tomorrow is, and how terrible Pompeii and The Legend of Hercules are. Or maybe it would have been the other way around, as Ebert’s opinions were often as surprising as the twists in the films he wrote about. In honor of arguably the last great movie critic, we decided to take a look back at five of his more egregious sci-fi reviews, when he stood on the opposite end of popular opinion. It just goes to show us all that subjectivity is inherent to mankind, as is the need to scream “Bullshit!” when we disagree with someone.

Admittedly, most of these are modern sci-fi pics, as his thoughts on the classics are largely unchallenged. I mean, we could have taken a whole day just to rail on Ebert for shitting on some decent movies, such as Day of the Dead, The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra, and Sphere — and I’m fully aware that some of you will likely shit on me for thinking those movies are decent — but maybe we’ll save that for next year. Until then, may the Force blah blah blah.

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