"Moulin Rouge!" Filming was halted for two weeks in November 1999 after Nicole Kidman fractured two ribs and injured her knee while rehearsing a dance routine for the film. Many of the scenes where she is seen only from the chest up, including "a real actress," were shot while she was in a wheelchair.
So, wait. Thor's hammer is actually heavy? I mean, I understand that this isn't the olden days of movies, where they would just make the thing out of foam and call it a day, but it's heavy enough that Natalie Portman wishes she'd had a chance to practice holding it? She has kids, and I always hear parents complaining about how heavy those are. She wasn't prepared for Mjolnir just by lifting her own children? Wow...sounds like Portman really will have to get jacked just to successfully throw that hammer around on screen.
It was nerve-racking, like someone’s gonna call me out about something. I didn’t get to practice [the hammer] ahead of time, so I picked it up and it was kind of heavy. It was like, ‘Oooh.’
Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi introduced Natalie Portman to the crowd at Comic-Con after Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, to really drive the surprise of her Jane Foster taking on the Thor mantle home. When Portman walked out, Waititi bowed and handed over Mjolnir, which she gladly took. But, in video of the moment, you can clearly see Portman attempting to lift the hammer over head and then stopping as she thinks better of it when she realizes that it's just too dang heavy for her right now. Oh, well, at least Natalie Portman will have loads of time to workout, practice with Mjolnir and prepare for her official role as Thor. Love and Thunder isn't due in theaters until November 5, 2021, so she should be plenty ready for the physicality of wielding her Goddess of Thunder power by the time she has to start filming. You can check out Natalie Portman's full interview with Jimmy Fallon below:We have quite a while to wait until Natalie Portman returns as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, but you can read up on what we know about the character , our thoughts on the MCU's Phase 4 and what movies are yet to come in 2019 in the meantime!
"What We Do In The Shadows." The man who plays Stu is not an actor but actually Stu Rutherford. A part-time business analyst for a Wellington company, LanWorx. He was hired for the film under the impression that he would be working on computers, and that he would play a small part in the film.
"Black Swan." Natalie Portman not only trained for a year as a dancer to prepare for the role, but paid for the the training out of her own pocket until the film found investors. Aronofsky attributed the film's getting made at all to Portman's dedication and enthusiasm.