Port­man bares all over that nude scene

The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES - LARA LEW­ING­TON

NATALIE PORT­MAN IS still feel­ing trou­bled over a naked scene she shot for her last movie Goya’s Ghost (which wasn’t even used in the fi­nal ver­sion). The stun­ning ac­tress ad­mits she has re­grets get­ting her kit off. “I’m re­ally sorry I didn’t lis­ten to my in­tu­ition. There was a scene that felt in­ap­pro­pri­ate for me, but I didn’t want to make waves. So I let my­self get talked into it, even though it shook me up. From now on, I’m go­ing to trust my gut more. Some­times the most pow­er­ful thing you can do is say no.” Which means that her nude scene in the up­com­ing short, Ho­tel Che­va­lier, is likely to be her last. No?

Fresh from play­ing the Vir­gin Queen in El­iz­a­beth The Golden Age, Cate Blanchett is mov­ing on to a very dif­fer­ent role — that of Bob Dylan. The Aus­tralian star is one of seven ac­tors at­tempt­ing to por­tray the vet­eran rock leg­end in the movie I’m Not There. She spoke to me about her con­cern over trans­form­ing into such a dif­fer­ent char­ac­ter. “I’ve got to learn gui­tar, to sing, to in­habit this strange, ex­tra­or­di­nary per­son.” Strangely, she failed to men­tion any wor­ries about play­ing a man.

The Hal­loween episode of Uri Geller’s US re­al­ity show Phe­nom­e­non turned scary when an an­gered wannabe il­lu­sion­ist went for fel­low ex­pert pan­elist, Criss An­gel. An­gel had re­sponded to the con­tes­tant’s act by say­ing: “I just think it’s com­i­cal, quite frankly.” Geller and the show’s host, Tim Vin­cent, had to break up the row be­fore the show went to a com­mer­cial break, al­low­ing se­cu­rity to step in. Magic view­ing, I would have thought.

Jerry Se­in­feld ad­mits to proudly com­par­ing his suc­cess to that of other celebri­ties. He won’t name them, but seems to en­joy mea­sur­ing up his own achieve­ments next to those of oth­ers at a sim­i­lar pro­fes­sional level but who, un­like him, have never got round to set­tling down and hav­ing a fam­ily. He told The Guardian: “There’s cer­tain celebri­ties… I see where they’re at, and I know how old they are, and I know what they’re do­ing, and I’m like, ‘Yeah, what are you go­ing to do now, potato head?’” As one half of the Lit­tle Bri­tain com­edy duo, Matt Lu­cas is one of the most suc­cess­ful co­me­di­ans around. But he has ad­mit­ted that, as a boy, his fam­ily were not con­vinced by his abil­i­ties. He has said he used to record au­dio tapes of him­self do­ing com­edy and im­pres­sions when he was about five or six, but added: “I re­mem­ber think­ing at the time how witty and tal­ented I was. Then you hear a rel­a­tive say­ing: ‘He’s just show­ing off!’ That re­ally de­flated me, even now as an adult.”

Rock star Lenny Kravitz (son of Jewish NBC news pro­ducer Sy Kravitz) is about to make his de­but ap­pear­ance in a fea­ture film, play­ing a nurse. The movie is called Push and is based on the best­selling novel about an over­weight and il­lit­er­ate AfricanAmer­i­can teen grow­ing up in Har­lem. Sharon Os­bourne is left with only one sur­viv­ing act un­der her wing in The X Fac­tor fol­low­ing the shock­ing de­par­ture of teenage Emily Nakanda, who was forced to quit af­ter the re­lease of a video show­ing her bul­ly­ing an­other girl. Os­bourne’s hopes of one of the artists she has men­tored win­ning the X Fac­tor ti­tle now rely on Alisha Ben­nett. “It’s just you and me now,” an­nounced Os­bourne when Ben­nett’s sur­vival in the show

was con­firmed last week. Lara Lew­ing­ton is the Five News show­busi­ness and

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Natalie Port­man: de­ter­mined to say no to

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