Natalie Portman on V for Vendetta
The film, in which the bad guys are Christian arch-conservatives who exploit fear of terrorism and persecute homosexuals, wears its politics on its sleeve — and so does Portman. When she appeared on “Good Morning America” during the 2004 presidential election, she wore a John Kerry t-shirt.
But Portman insists the film is non-partisan.
“Obviously, there are many interpretations of this film — and all of them are valid and any criticism is completely valid,” she said. “I’ve heard Republicans who love this movie.”
The portrayal of terrorism has personal meaning to Portman:
Portman was born in Israel, and her father’s parents died in Auschwitz. Questions of tyranny and terrorism are not idle ones for her.
“I’m the last person to ever want to justify or glorify terrorism,” Portman said. “I have too many personal experiences to convey — and too private to convey — but it is the last thing on my mind.”
Instead, she said, her personal history encouraged her to take the role.
“People have accused the Israeli government of terrorism, have sort of turned the word back on the government,” she said. “So it’s a very two sided thing that made me really question the definition of terrorism.”