Typecasting

Here’s something I’ve gathered while being laid up and subjected to the strange choices of the movie channels in Saudi Arabia: Natalie Portman very often plays a confidante to troubled, lonely men in films. It started with L??on; then she was the Lolita to Timothy Hutton’s Humbert Humbert in Beautiful Girls; then she counseled the ultimate dysfunctional youth, Darth Vader, in the Star Wars prequels; and then Zach Braff moped around her house in Garden State. I suppose even her character in V for Vendetta loosely fits the mold.

Why is it that casting directors think her such a good companion for male saddies?

Jul 29, 2008 · posted by Cord Jefferson, MollyGood · Link · 10 Responses
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Comments (10)

No. 1 Addicted to Addiction says:

Because she’s beautiful and pensive and quirky. A great girl to complement a broody, soul-searching man. PS - Did I mention she’s my ultimate girl crush?

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 11:55 am
No. 2 sar says:

Adad that’s so cute.

Is she being typecast, or does she choose those roles to work out some kind of issues?

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm
No. 3 VoteQuimby says:

Why does it seem just a tad pretentious to refer to films by their European titles? In these fine United States, that movie was called “The Professional”.

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 12:17 pm
No. 4 ilnazhad says:

Isn’t it actually pretentious to decide which title others should use to refer to the film?

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 12:28 pm
No. 5 Crazazy says:

Her character, Novelee, in Where the Heart Is (yes, yes, I’ll admit I watched) also became the love interest of the sad, lonely odd-ball librarian with the alcoholic sister living upstairs. Interesting…

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 12:47 pm
No. 6 Addicted to Addiction says:

Yeah! Yeah! AND in Anywhere But Here, which I watched and LOVED, she IS the broody, unhappy teenager. And then a hot, silly boy falls in love with her. How many TIMES can I USE all CAPS in one senTENce!!!?>?? I need it to be 5 o’clock…

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 2:01 pm
No. 7 lava says:

she is kinda cute. put me down for one of those.

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 2:51 pm
No. 8 gayledi says:

She’s always been a women “old soul” in a beautiful little girl’s body (until The Darjeeling Limited). Now she has a beautiful big girls body! He was pretty much a saddie too.

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm
No. 9 andre says:

you forgot closer and jude law’s loser character

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 4:53 pm
No. 10 sar says:

VQ some of them just stuck, like Il Postino. Nobody calls it The Postman.

I think it’s nice to be OK with other languages and bring the into the mainstream. i do have a pet peeve though, when someone is saying a spanish name they all of a sudden get these accents like they are from meh-heeee-co.

Posted: Jul 29, 2008 at 7:24 pm
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