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Natalie Portman on terrorism, brutality, and getting her head shaved
By  |  March 17, 2006

060317_inside_pod.jpgAt a press junket in New York to promote the release of V for Vendetta, star Natalie Portman, director James McTeigue, producer Joel Silver, and David Lloyd, who co-authored the 1981 graphic novel on which the movie is based, took questions from alleged journalists. Below are edited audio selections in the popular mp3 format.

Q: How did it feel to have your hair shaved off?
Natalie Portman: click to listen (mp3, 226 kb)

Q: What's it like working opposite an actor in a mask?
Natalie Portman: click to listen (mp3, 276 kb)

Q: As a dual citizen, what are your opinions regarding terrorism? Some say that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter and this movie seems to take sides on that issue.
Natalie Portman: click to listen (mp3, 1.35 mb)

Q: When you do a scene in which you are brutalized, what are you thinking? Are you able to go home at night and blow it off, or do you carry that around with you?
Natalie Portman: click to listen (mp3, 128 kb)

Q: How did you pick where in the future this movie would take place?
James McTeigue: click to listen (mp3, 688 kb)

Q: Talk a little bit about the casting process.It has been said that you always had Natalie Portman in mind for this film.
James McTeigue: click to listen (mp3, 480 kb)

Q: Making a movie based on a graphic novel, is it restricting? Freeing? Or does it help make a lot of decisions for you?
James McTeigue: click to listen (mp3, 656 kb)

Q: Are you prepared for the possibility of someone like Bill O'Reilly seeing himself reflected in the film and coming after you?
James McTeigue: click to listen (mp3, 112 kb)

Q: Was there ever any concern regarding how Britain would view this film?
Joel Silver: click to listen  (mp3, 304 kb)

Q: We live in a world of terrorism, so what were your thoughts when it came to blowing up Big Ben in the movie?
Joel Silver: click to listen (mp3, 416 kb)

Q: What are your thoughts on the adaptation?
David Lloyd: click to listen (mp3, 262 kb)

Q: What are some of the changes that were made in the adaptation?
David Lloyd: click to listen (mp3, 816 kb)

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