I’d never even heard of Natalie Portman until recently but a few weeks ago my wife and I watched The Other Boleyn Girl (with 26-year old Portman playing Anne Boleyn). Yesterday we watched Beautiful Girls (with 14-year old Portman playing the leading man’s “Lolita” interest).
This is almost our only exposure to Natalie Portman (though I see at Wikipedia she had a minor role in Cold Mountain which my wife and I watched many years ago.) My wife is not a movie buff, pays no attention to actors/actresses names, and, in any event, Portman gets only a smallish credit in Beautiful Girls.
Yet my wife recognized Portman immediately from a scene that didn’t even have a close-up! (And we don’t have hi-def TV.) It was the distinctive smile that gave it away. She’s done similar feats before, often forgetting which other movie she’s seen the performer in, but in this case knew right away it was The Other Boleyn Girl.
I was flabbergasted. I looked up Portman at Google Images where, due to camera angle or hair styles or whatever, I’d not have known that some of the adult pictures were of the same person. :dubious: (One reason for my flabbergast is that I’m just the opposite: I used to confuse Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke. :smack: )
(If I stare at the pictures of Portman at 14 years and some of the current pictures I can see she obviously has the same face, but am still amazed my wife caught it at a glance, with the “comparison photo” a weeks-old memory.)
Was this amazing? (My wife has many even more amazing talents, but that would be a subject for other threads. )