Gaze: Natalie Portman praises Mike Nichols
Natalie Portman has acknowledged the monotonous director Mike Nichols was a “true feminist” and her only male mentor who wasn’t “creepy” with her.
Portman worked with Nichols, who died in 2014, on a different of initiatives, and has spoken about him in a brand original book on the revered director.
She printed that Nichols helped her when she felt out of her depth working alongside Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman in his production of Chekhov’s The Seagull for the Original York Public Theater, succor in 2001.
Speaking for Mike Nichols, A Life, penned by Impress Harris, she acknowledged: “I was 19, and I hadn’t carried out the rest I had wished to ascertain with the exception of for [play] Anne Frank.
“I’d gaze Phil [Hoffman] write down inquire of after inquire of in his notebook, and Meryl [Streep] would create up songs to whisper and put them in her pocket dazzling in case her personality wished to burst into song.”
She acknowledged Nichols was “the only older man who mentored me with out there ever being a creepy ingredient in it”.
“I mediate he was an staunch feminist,” Portman continued. “There was nothing, nothing, nothing there with the exception of him seeing you as a ingenious, fascinating, proficient human. It is the rarest, finest quality, and never many administrators of his generation had it.”
The book also notes her appearance in his 2004 movie Closer, the veil adaptation of the Patrick Marber play, wherein she seemed alongside Clive Owen, Jude Legislation and Julia Roberts.
Portman performed a stripper in the movie, with Nichols eliminating about a of the nudity from a strip-membership scene at Portman’s inquire of. The actress acknowledged he “wants to test my bare ass [even] not as much as my father would”.
“What he did for me… Lord, would maybe perhaps presumably I the truth is enjoy that potential to present that form of mentorship and guidance to 1 other person,” she acknowledged.
Closer was Nichols’ penultimate movie, with comedy drama Charlie Wilson’s Battle starring Tom Hanks following in 2007.
He died following a coronary heart assault in 2014, two weeks after his 83rd birthday.
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