Natalie Portman Launches Production Company

December 15, 2010 by  
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61649996Natalie Portman intends to boost the profile of women in comedy by making funny films via her new production company Handsomecharlie Films.

The Star Wars actress has set up the firm with her business partner Annette Savitch and they aim to emulate the style of raunchy comedy made famous by Judd Apatow in his hit 2007 movie Knocked Up.

Describing the projects as “female comedies”, Portman tells Vogue magazine, “Women… are generally not allowed to be beautiful and funny, and certainly not vulgar.

“There’s a difference between being in a bra and underpants as an object on a men’s magazine cover and playing yourself – a woman with desires and needs who loves and laughs with her friends – in a bra and underpants.”

The actress is back on the big screen in the new year with her latest movie Black Swan, which sees her team up with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

She has already picked up a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination for her performance and the movie is expected to do well on the awards circuit.

Portman has enjoyed almost unwavering popularity as an actress, and has often taken on pioneering roles in regards to portrayals of women. From her breakthrough performance as the young girl taken under the wing of a hit-man in Leon, to her sexually charged mental breakdown in this year’s Black Swan, Portman has often willingly or unwillingly challenged popular representations of feminity. Now Portman wants to take female representations in another direction – looking on the amusements and banalities of (women’s) life. Whether or not attractive women sitting around in their pants and bra will be interpreted as purely banal will probably depend on the viewer, but for the fiercely ambitious and well educated star we can expect something very interesting.

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