Natalie Portman: 'I am not cut out to be a producer'

29th Nov 16 | Entertainment News

The actress' new film, Jackie, went through several roadblocks to get made.

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman did not enjoy stepping behind the camera to produce her troubled western Jane Got a Gun, insisting she's not a wannabe movie mogul.

The Black Swan actress experienced a host of challenges while making the long-delayed movie, including casting changes after Michael Fassbender, Jude Law, and Bradley Cooper dropped out, and director Lynn Ramsay exiting on the eve of filming.

The 35-year-old is terribly proud of the movie, but she was not fond of the experience making it.

"I am not a producer," she tells New York magazine. "This is not my talent in life. I actually find that I'm kind of mushy. (To be a producer) you have to be very steady and even-keeled about very stressful situations. Some people open up in the chaos. And me, when I'm in a bad situation, I shut down."

Pregnant Natalie is winning rave reviews for her portrayal of Jackie Kennedy in new film Jackie, which is set for release next month (Dec16). Like Jane Got a Gun, the project took several years to come together, with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky originally planning a similar film with his ex-fiance Rachel Weisz as his leading lady.

However, she dropped out of the project following their breakup in 2010.

Portman then became interested in the film in 2012 and subsequently brought Pablo Larrain on to direct after a suggestion from Aronofsky.

"It almost felt like a dare, she says. "(Larrain) kept saying, 'Either we both do this and we jump in, or we don't and we both walk away'."

The actress agreed and Larrain informed her he was going to ask writer Noah Oppenheim to rewrite every scene in the script except the ones featuring her.

"I remember she sort of opened her eyes wide," Larrain says. "I guess that's frightening for an actor. But at the same time it's challenging, and Natalie's a real artist and she takes risks."

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