Whether re-makes, re-imaginings and sequels are worth their time and effort is a battle that has raged among movie fans ever since D.W. Griffith decided to cash in on the success of "Birth of a Nation" with 1916's "Fall of a Nation." Yep, they've been around that long.
Every actor has to make up their own mind on how they feel about such matters, and one of our favorites is Natalie Portman, who has some interesting thoughts on the matter.
"When something works you don't touch it," Portman explained to us recently. "You try to create something new that's positive." (If you want more Natalie, our full "Rough Cut" interview with Portman is viewable here.
As such, she insisted that she'll never star in a long-rumored sequel to her first film, the ass-kicking classic "The Professional." "I really love that film," she added. "And I would work with [director] Luc Besson again, in a second, but [not on a sequel]."
Keeping with that theme, she has a similar message for Mr. George Lucas. "I'm so honored to have been a part of [the 'Star Wars' prequels]," she beamed. "I got to basically latch on to this thing, that was a huge success before I was ever involved."
That said, don't expect to ever see Princess Padme and her trippy hairdos again. "I spent ten years working on these films," she insisted. "It's time to let it continue on its own."
Portman's opinion apparently differs, however, when it comes to remakes. She'll begin filming her first, based on the 2004 Denmark film "Brothers," in just a few weeks. "I play Tobey Maguire's wife," she said of the flick, to be directed by Jim Sheridan. "Tobey plays a Marine, who is sent off to war the same week that his brother, who Jake Gyllenhaal plays, gets out of jail. So when Jake gets out of jail, he's taking care of his brother's wife and kids, while [Maguire's character] is away. Obviously, when [Maguire] comes back, there's a problem."
The 26-year-old added that while she has seen the source material, she won't be patterning her performance off it. "I did [see "Brodre"], but I'm not going to study it," she reasoned. "I think it's a very different movie."
<i>Does it seem hypocritical to condemn sequels, while embracing remakes? Or do you support Portman's stance? Let us know your thoughts!</i>