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Portman & Butler Win Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton Poll for Scorsese's Furious Love

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood June 27, 2011 at 5:37AM

It will be no easy task to cast legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Last week we invited you to play dreamcast with us, voting for the actors to play Taylor and Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of their tempestuous love affair and chronicled in Furious Love. The results are in, and despite being completely out of the running until June 24, Natalie Portman surged to the top to join Gerard Butler. We initially paired the two together, stating: "If anyone can raise Portman’s temperature, it would be Butler. He’d have to step up and bring some depth to the rugged masculinity he so easily depicts. Portman probably has this in her, but it won’t come naturally." Second and third place winners, our picks and the complete poll results are below:
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Portman & Butler Win Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton Poll for Scorsese's Furious Love

It will be no easy task to cast legends Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Last week we invited you to play dreamcast with us, voting for the actors to play Taylor and Burton in Martin Scorsese's adaptation of their tempestuous love affair and chronicled in Furious Love. The results are in, and despite being completely out of the running until June 24, Natalie Portman surged to the top to join Gerard Butler. We initially paired the two together, stating: "If anyone can raise Portman’s temperature, it would be Butler. He’d have to step up and bring some depth to the rugged masculinity he so easily depicts. Portman probably has this in her, but it won’t come naturally." Second and third place winners, our picks and the complete poll results are below:

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First Place:

Natalie Portman, 30, 5’3’’ (Israeli) | Gerard Butler, 41, 6’2’’ (Scottish)

Second Place:

Rachel Weisz, 41, 5’7’’ (English) | Russell Crowe, 47, 5’11’’ (New Zealand born, Australian-raised)

Third Place:

Catherine Zeta-Jones, 41, 5’6½’’ (Welsh) | Clive Owen, 46, 6’2’’ (English)

Our Pick:

Mia Kirshner, 36, 5’3’’ (Canadian) | James Purefoy, 47, 6’2’’ (English)

These two fit the bill perfectly, if Kirshner can pull off the accent. In The L Word and Rome TV series, respectively, they were both show-stealers. Kirshner was also the best part of Brian De Palma’s otherwise flawed The Black Dahlia. She’s got the delicate/petite/ sensual combination.

We also think Colin Firth is worth a second look. Not happy with the results? Vote!

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[Burton/Taylor photo courtesy Everett Collection/Rex Features]

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, CASTING WATCH, Martin Scorsese, Biopics, Romance, Russell Crowe, Clive Owen, Natalie Portman


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.