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Natalie Portman Reveals ‘The Ugly Truth’ About Rom-Coms

Ever since her film debut in Luc Besson‘s The Professional in 1994, Natalie Portman has been extremely choosy about her roles. From Closer to V For Vendetta to her most recent drama, Brothers, she consistetly plays complex characters that go against her squeaky clean Hollywood image.

It’s no surprise then to learn that Portman loathes the one genre that she takes great lengths to avoid: romantic comedies. She tells Elle UK:

It wasn’t that I didn’t want to do comedy; it’s just that I would only get offered girlfriend parts in guy comedies, which aren’t exciting to me, or those offensive roles in romantic comedies, where the woman has to have a job in fashion so that she can have nice clothes – and her goal is always marriage. I’m more interested in finding characters that make me laugh.”

Portman couldn’t possibly be referring to the slew of rom-com crap that poisoned the multiplexes in 2009 could she? Her description of the “fashion woman” is obviously taken from Confessions of a Shopaholic, a deliriously stupid movie about, well, a woman, played by Isla Fisher, trying to get into the fashion industry while simultaneously looking for a hubby.

And her reference to “girlfriend parts in guy comedies” is clearly about The Ugly Truth, a grossly unfunny romp where Katherine Heigl and Gerard Butler engage in a battle of the sexes. One viewing of this movie filled me with regret for the precious 90 minutes of life that I had lost.

Oddly enough, Portman’s films have never made me feel that way. I guess the ugly truth is that, if you go the way of Heigl and sell yourself as rom-com airhead, you’re bound to be forgotten in cinema history.

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