Natalie Portman helps to keep “Thor” grounded
For the big-budget Marvel Studios adaptation of “Thor,” the filmmakers made some changes to the character of Jane Foster, introduced way back in 1962′s “Journey Into Mystery” No. 84 as a nurse.
Natalie Portman, an Academy Award winner for “Black Swan,” plays the character in the upcoming “Thor” movie and says the character takes into account the way women’s roles have changed since the 1960s.
“Jane in the comic books is a nurse, and now she’s an astrophysics doctoral candidate,” Portman said. “Things have been updated. Women can be scientists in different ways now.”
“Thor” stars Chris Hemsworth as the titular character, the thunder god of myth who has been exiled to Earth by his father, Odin. On Earth, he meets up with Foster.
“She has some family things that echo Thor’s familial situation, so that there’s that sort of a bond between them,” Portman said. “Obviously, they have a common quest because he’s trying to get back home, and her whole interest of study is these connections between dimensions.”
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