Oscar winner Natalie Portman doesn’t do blockbusters all that much, though one notable early exception was the “Star Wars” prequel trilogy.
Portman first joined that franchise in 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” at the time one of the most highly anticipated films ever made. While a commercial success, and the third-highest grossing film in North America at the time, the film was considered a big disappointment to both critics and fans.
In an interview in the latest Empire, Portman has opened up on what it was like to feel the impact of that disappointment, especially at the young age she was at:
“It was hard. It was a bummer because it felt like people were so excited about new ones and then to have people feel disappointed. Also to be at an age that I didn’t really understand that’s kind of the nature of the beast. When something has that much anticipation it can almost only disappoint.”
Portman isn’t too disappointed though. The actress has gone on to great success, and with time and reflection the reception to the prequels has notably improved:
“With the perspective of time, it’s been re-evaluated by a lot of people who actually really love them now. There’s a very avid group of people who think they’re the best ones now! I don’t have enough perspective to weigh in.”
The series continues to be divisive with fans with J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” both suffering from arguments by fans about being either too slavish and fan-pandering or not doing enough on that front.
No doubt the debate will continue when J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” hits cinemas this December.