‘Thor: Love and Thunder’: ‘We are witnessing an all-out war on women’ – Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman returns with a vengeance in “Thor: Love and Thunder” as her Jane Foster character transforms into Mighty Thor when she wields Mjolnir. Artificially grown for the needs of the feature film, but 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 had four movies dedicated to him, as well as appearing in three Marvel feature films, as well as the TV series “What If…?”.

Natalie Portman is not an actress like the others. In addition to his performance in “Léon” alongside Jean Reno, he was also part of the “Star Wars” franchise, receiving two Golden Globes for “Black Swan” and “Intimate”, a BAFTA and an Oscar, both for “ The Black Swan”. She is also a producer, screenwriter and director, and participated, along with Tessa Thompson, who reprises her role as Valkyrie, in the creation of “Time’s Up”, an association that legally helps victims of gender violence in the context of your employment.

'Thor: Love and Thunder': 'We are witnessing an all-out war on women' - Natalie Portman

In combat

If she agreed to reprise her role as Jane, in which she was last seen in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ -in fact, her appearance in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ was made through reshoots filmed for the previous film- it’s because “that little bitch” wasn’t longer. She now fights alongside Thor and Valkyrie to fend off the threat posed by Gorr (Christian Bale), and the Taika Waititi-directed film is a decidedly wacky, colorful and entertaining comedy.

“My view of superheroes has changed over the years. Getting the chance to play Jane was an interesting way to explore the role of a superhero who is both vulnerable and weak while she finds exceptional strength. I’ve seen all the work that goes into playing a superhero, something I wasn’t aware of when I was just playing the role of “pitoune” on duty. I didn’t see everything that happened behind the scenes, the choreography of the fights, the training sessions”, she indicated during the press conference to present the film that preceded the interview with the QMI Agency.

“After watching Chris play Thor for so many years, it was crazy to try on the costume, it was surreal,” he said. His training lasted 10 months, almost a full year in which he lifted weights, boxed, pilates, jump rope and many other exercises to develop the muscles that we see on the screen. And during filming, he started his days around 4:30 am to include an hour of daily sports.

Natalie Portman being petite, at 5’3″, director Taika Watiti had to find a way to make her look taller next to Chris Hemsworth, who is 5’3″. The solution was relatively simple: the actress moved in a elevated platform. “I salute everyone’s imagination that made it possible to cast a little actress,” she said with a laugh.

Invented either just after World War II or in the 1960s and 1970s, superheroes are more popular today than ever, with Marvel and DC battling it out with hundreds of millions of dollars and more spectacular special effects to bring the adventures of superheroes to life. big time masked vigilantes. screen.

“I’m so lucky that Jane becomes Mighty Thor and I think the first comic to include this change dates back to 2014,” he said in an interview with the QMI agency. The fact that Jane is a scientist has never been explored more importantly than in this film. And becoming a superhero was an incredible opportunity.”

'Thor: Love and Thunder': 'We are witnessing an all-out war on women' - Natalie Portman

A war against women

Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Harley Quinn, Valkyrie… and now Mighty Thor, heroines with amazing powers are now legion to the delight of fans. But the US Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal right to abortion came with a terrible irony during the “Thor: Love and Thunder” weekend of premieres, press conferences and interviews. Interviewed the day after the announcement, Natalie Portman did not hesitate to launch into the subject with both feet when the opportunity arose.

“Without a doubt, female superheroes are needed more than ever. Right now, we are witnessing an all-out war against women in our country, as well as in other regions of the world. The representations of different possibilities, of different empowerments for women are today an urgent need. I look to the powers of my female colleagues for inspiration and comfort.”

“Thor: The Dark World” was released in 2013, that is to say nine years ago, an eternity for the film industry, now marked by the arrival of the #MeToo movement in 2016. But it was not these changes that impacted Natalie. Portman the toughest on set.

'Thor: Love and Thunder': 'We are witnessing an all-out war on women' - Natalie Portman

“Taika is a unique creator and I have never worked with someone like him before. It was a pleasure to be on his set and that’s the main difference of 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 is having fun. He plays music constantly, he spends his time making jokes, he is very warm and kind. His humor is always generous and never humiliating to others. He creates a fully collaborative environment. He incorporates everyone’s ideas into the production and makes us all feel like part of a family.”

“Thor: Amour et tonnerre” hits screens in Quebec on July 8.

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