Confirming that Portman eats: "I like pleasure, I like joy...I’m tough on myself in terms of the standards I want to live up to, but that’s also part of my pleasure: knowing you are being your fullest self. Being your fullest self is a lot of work.”
On her production company, Handsomecharlie Films: “We’re very into female comedies; there just aren’t enough. We’re trying to go for that guy-movie tone, like Judd Apatow’s movies, or The Hangover but with women—who are generally not allowed to be beautiful and funny, and certainly not vulgar.”
On vulgarity: “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. You become an object if you simply put it out there. Most movies are made by men, it’s totally natural that they’re going to present their world view, so we’re trying to find more women who are writers and directors who are expressing their world view. Did you see Tiny Furniture? Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and starred in it; she’s 23, and it is just amazing. She walks around in her underwear for the whole movie; it’s harsh. She’s the subject, she’s not the object, and it’s beautiful—that’s the kind of thing we need more of.”
- And here are soundbites from Black Swan's Vincent Cassel, featured by the Guardian:
On playing villains: "I do think villains are more interesting. Most of the time, they're more fun to play. They're far more true to life than really good people. I don't see all these really good people in real life. People are much more complex. The good guys are always more boring."
On how being a father informs his acting: "When you have kids, you realise how vulnerable you can be and perhaps that informs your acting. I'm a little bit more conscious of what it all means nowadays."
On being surrounded by women (wife Monica Bellucci and two daughters): "Well, that was always the plan."