Five Great Natalie Portman Performances January 7, 2011 As the Black Swan prepares to grace our screens, Movies.ie celebrates everyones favourite Harvard graduate! V for Vendetta The tale of a masked freedomfighter, a girl (Portman) and a totalitarian society on the verge of colapse, Portman proves her dediction to her craft, mastering both an English accent and shaving her head for this adaptation of Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta. Natalie’s Rap Looking to escape her good girl persona, Natalie took to SNL to show us all another side of the former Harvard Girl – the RAP reminds one of the greatest moments in Saturday Night Live history,. Closer Portman caused a media outcry back in 2004 with the news she was to play a stripper in Mike Nichols’ Closer. The part, like the movie, ultimately ended up being/ far less titillating than some might have hoped; as Closer turned out to be a sexual drama devoid of sex. Still with an all star cast inlcuding Clive Owen, Julia Roberts, and Jude Law, Portman steals the show! Star Wars Before she was even old enough to drive, Natalie landed herself a leading role in the Star Wars prequels. In three movies, she played Queen Padmé Amidala probably was one of the least demanding roles for the actress. Surrounded by SFX, various digitally rendered space critters, and a script that was roundly criticized for living down to George Lucas’ claim that The Phantom Menace was “a movie for 12-year-olds,” all Portman had to do was look regal. But she certainly did it with style! Paris, Je T’aime Looking for something a little more, shall we say, high brow? This series of vignettes each proclaiming their love for the city of lights, “Paris, Je T’aime” pops off the screen when Natalie Portman’s “Faubourg Saint-Denis” segment begins. Ms. Portman plays Francine, an aspiring actress who falls for a blind man. Although only a few minutes long, it contains some of the most beautifully delivered dialogue of Portman’s career.