‘It was a challenge for me’: Ashton Kutcher called Marvel star Natalie Portman a very ‘responsive’ person, said an actor like her was ‘both a blessing and a curse’

by Ivan Reitman No strings attached is a 2011 romantic comedy film, about how two friends end up developing strong emotional feelings for each other, even after deciding to keep things only physical between them. Starring Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, the film explores a lighthearted plot about friendships and relationships.

Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman

The film was the first romantic comedy that the Israeli-American actress had taken on, but despite her lack of experience when it came to the genre, thanks to her commendable acting skills, she played her role perfectly and didn’t needed little or no help the entire time. Ashton Kutcher himself emphasized the same when acknowledging her acting talent and merit, saying that she doesn’t need any teaching. But at the same time, it was also a whole “challenge” to work with someone with such expertise.

Ashton Kutcher was very impressed with the diversity of Natalie Portman’s skills

Natalie Portman was a successful actress even before embarking on her first romantic comedy film and had worked in various films, most of which were intense and thrilling. Of Black Swan at V for Vendetta and Leon, Portman is known for playing characters who often leave a strong impression on audiences. So, No strings attached was a striking change of scenery for her. However, she was still able to captivate her co-star with her prolific caliber.

While talking to Collider about their film and his experience with the Marvel star, Ashton Kutcher talked about how brilliant but difficult it was to work alongside someone as experienced as Portman. “She may not have done romantic comedy before, but she’s done so much work on so many different levels.”

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Unconditional (2011)
No strings attached (2011)

“I don’t know if there’s anything I can really teach him,” the actor of That 70s show observed how he had come to learn far more from her than to teach her something new. “I learned more from Natalie in one day of filming together than I could ever teach her in a billion years.”

Kutcher also noted that although the experience of working with the Thor the actress was one of a kind, at the same time it was also quite difficult for him.

Ashton Kutcher explains why it was difficult to work with Natalie Portman

The former model revealed there was no lack of chemistry between him and Portman during filming No strings attached, which is a factor of great value, especially when it comes to making intimate scenes because the chemistry between two people can change the trajectory of many things.

“It’s easier when you like the person and they are very friendly” he said in one of his interviews with Cover Media. “I don’t know if it’s something you can…craft.” But Butterfly Effect the actor explained why it was “a blessing and a curse” to work with someone of such brilliant stature.

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Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in No Strings Attached
Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman in No strings attached

“She’s probably one of the best actresses of my generation” he noted. “I believe she is and there’s a blessing and a curse to that as an actor. Because…you know whatever you’re going to get from you is going to be real and honest and responsive and beautiful, in same time when the light shines in the dark room all the dust shows, and so it was a challenge for me to be as honest as she is.

Natalie Portman is very successful in her career and is undoubtedly good at what she does. She is the recipient of various distinctions, including the Oscar and a Golden Globe Award among many others. And his background is incredibly diverse too. So maybe there was some truth to what Kutcher said after all.

No strings attached is available to stream on Netflix.

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Source: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

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