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“I really had to show him my passion and commitment to the material and all he asked was that I don’t make any sort of simplified explanations as to why she killed herself.
He said ‘please don’t do that’.”Portman also plays Oz’s mother, Fania, a decision that came about because of the vagaries of the film business.
Some of the casting works well: Caspar Phillipson, chiseled and familiar, as JFK; Greta Gerwig as Nancy Tuckerman, Jacqueline Kennedy’s aide and confidant; Max Casella as Jack Valenti, the more-than-a-little-sycophantic assistant to President Johnson.
Peter Sarsgaard gets the thankless task of trying to bring Robert Kennedy back to life, doing so with a furrowed brow but without much of the physical bearing, or manner, of JFK’s brother, the attorney general.
Working with a script by Noah Oppenheim, director Larrain (whose , about the Chilean poet, opens in a few weeks) reclaims some of the iconic images of the events surrounding the assassination: the first lady stepping off Air Force One, waving, at the Dallas airfield; the funeral procession; the veiled mother grasping the hands of her two young children.
While chatting with Fallon, 42, Portman revealed that she was surprised people didn't catch on sooner that she was expecting again.
"I thought everyone would know because I wasn't drinking," the Jackie star said.
The first and most critical task that the Oscar-winning actress faced was to persuade the author to grant her the rights to adapt this life for the screen.
“Amos is an extremely kind, warm human being and so he didn’t make me feel like I was on trial,” says Portman.