James Franco, Colin Firth, Natalie Portman, and Nicole Kidman Talk Oscars & Sex

By Bedhead in Colin Firth, Film, James Franco, Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman

Newsweek Oscars Roundtable

If you haven’t yet heard, the Academy Award nominations are out with few surprises. However, Newsweek has also released its annual feature called “The New Star Power,” which features a roundtable of Oscar likelies discussing bizarre, movie-released nonsense like Colin Firth exclaiming, “Sex! The whole deal. There are films that make a virtue of that.” with the following response from Natalie Portman: “Brown Bunny.” Anyway, here’s one of the more amusing parts from James Franco (after a requisite warm-up from Nicole Kidman):

Is there a secret to landing a good kiss?

Kidman: So much of that is how you capture it. Baz Luhrmann has a particular way of setting up a kiss. On Moulin Rouge, he was extremely precise, because he revered old movies and those big screen kisses. I remember when Ewan McGregor and I were first rehearsing. I was like, “That felt really good.” And Baz was like, “No, no.”

Franco: I think if anybody who has made a home sex tape knows, what feels best doesn’t always look best [laughter]. I remember when I was 19 doing that, and then watching it back and thinking, oh, that looks horrible. So what Nicole is talking about, yeah, you have a lot of respect for those actors in pornography, because they are really not just doing it, they’re really selling it. It’s the same thing with a kiss. It’s not just the kiss that feels best, it’s an image. Something different is happening if it’s a good kiss.

And another bit where Franco delivers the goods with a lead-in from Natalie “I’m SO Edgy” Portman:

Natalie and James, how did college change the direction of your career?

Portman: I think the best thing it gave me was my friends. They are normal, good people who are like a little bubble around me. A lot of actors who start young–I started at 12–miss out in that group.

Did you want to act at 12?

Portman: Oh, yeah. I was dying to. My parents were, like, completely not in this world, and not into me acting either. And I definitely wanted to. But when you’re a kid, you don’t know what it means. And so you miss that time when you would normally just be meeting people who love you for you and don’t care about all that other junk. It was the greatest thing to have those four years. I think this must be so hard now, being in the age of camera phones and online gossip and Twitter and all that stuff. I really was just like a regular student, and everyone there treated me like that. It must be hard having people taking pictures of you in class.

Franco: Only if you’re sleeping.

We can only assume that Franco’s referring to the below picture:

James Franco Sleeping Through Lecture

Read the rest of the article at Newsweek.


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