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Natalie Portman aka super-skinny Black Swan, jokes about being Fat.

15 Jan

Last night I watched the 2011 Critics Choice Award. And Natalie Portman won the the Best Actress award for her portrayal of a ballerina in Black Swan. I haven’t watched Black Swan yet, the trailer still creeps me out, but I’ll catch it on DVD once it’s out.

Btw, I love the white and black gown, very Roman goddess-like, and I thought she looked thoroughly glowing. Thank goodness that she gained weight back, she was x-tra super skinny in Black Swan. And she’s pregnant with her first child, not that you really notice in that dress, lol.

Natalie Portman

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I wasn’t a big fan of her acceptance speech. Why? She thanked the Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, saying that, “You made me very skinny and now you’re indirectly responsible for getting me fat.”

The Black Swan director introduced her to her boyfriend and baby-daddy. I’m pretty sure that she was joking about the ‘fat’ part, but if she truly thinks she’s heavy now, she’s in for a surprise a couple of months down the road. Just saying.

But Natalie Portman also shared a ‘helpful hint’ (not!) she received to help her transform herself into the skinny ballerina she portrayed in Black Swan. After working out, practicing and rehearsing for the ballet scenes, Natalie was told that if she feels hungry at the end of the day, to drink a glass of skim milk. One glass of freaking skim milk.

So she starved herself thin for this role. And you know what? I’m even kind of okay with that, because it was part of her twisted job description. She’s her own judge if she wants to do that to herself and risk her health. She got paid to be tough on her body–like a boxer who risks a knockout in every match.

But because she happily shared this anecdote in her acceptance speech, I wonder how many women will think that if Natalie Portman lost weight that way, it must be okay and omg, even healthy? That starving yourself is a great idea to get thin? How many women will think this?

Too many, I fear. And that is part of the reason we have such a warped body image these days. And that’s the reason why I wasn’t keen on her acceptance speech, her jokes about being fat, her ‘funny’ weight-loss tips. Not funny for many, many women watching the show.

Otherwise, congrats on your Critics Choice Award for Best Actress, Natalie. May you gain a couple of pounds more and have fun being fat pregnant!

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Plus-sized Movies? 3 Movies I Wish that were made with Fat Chicks

3 Jan

Trying to find a Hollywood movie where a fat girl goes on adventures, saves the world and kisses a couple of guys along the way, is like trying to find the necklace you lost at the beach three days ago. I tried both with the same results.

111 Hollywood Sign

Well, there’s the famous Bridget Jones. But, come on, Renee Zellweger? Why take a tiny American actress, publicize her weight gain, and let her fake an accent? Why not take a British plus-sized actress in the first place? And if a movie features a girl bigger than a size 10, she’s never comfortable with it, like Bridget. Why does weight always need to play a such a big role?

I asked a friend of mine if she had any movie suggestions that would fit my idealistic criteria, and after some brainstorming, we came up with—nothing.

What I came up with was how cool it could have been if some of my favorite movies would have featured a plus-size chick. Let me share my list with you. It’s widely speculative, but these are my top three movies I wish that they would have been cast with a fat chick:

My first pick: The Fifth Element
Leeloo is sent to save Earth and she represents the fifth element—love. She’s naïve, feminine and a warrior. And she gets the guy in the end. I’d love to see a sci-fi flick with action, romance, spaceships and a larger-than-life plus-sized actress.

My second pick: The Pirates of the Caribbean
The scene where Elizabeth falls into the ocean and is rescued by Captain Sparrow would have made more sense if Elizabeth Swann had been a fat chick. Elizabeth wore a corset to achieve a smaller waist. She then fainted and fell into the ocean. (Sorry, but Keira Knightley’s waist is already so small, I had a hard time believing that she had problems wearing that corset.) What follows is pirates and adventure and swordfights. I’m pretty sure you could find an athletic actress that isn’t necessarily rail-thin but a bigger girl who could do an equally fantastic job.

My third pick: Pretty Woman
Just imagine the movie tag line: A rich businessman needs an escort and hires a beautiful, plus-sized hooker and they fall in love. Come on, doesn’t that sound like a blockbuster movie? No? Well, I’d go and watch that movie on a Saturday night.

Hollywood, are you listening? I think that there’s an audience for funny, upbeat and even action movies featuring women who are bigger than a size 10. The press would talk about it! People would want to see such a novelty! I understand if you don’t care for my idealism or fat acceptance, but there’s money to be made! Gosh, I’m really going for the hard sell.

Anyho, just to be clear, I like the above movies just fine as they are, and I’m not hating on Hollywood’s sample-size actresses. I’m just having a bit of fun playing what if.

So, what if you could recast a movie? Which one? Would you place a plus-sized actress in the leading role? Or do you know any movies that feature plus-sized women in a positive, upbeat way?

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