It’s like a myth or it’s fell into the words and talk of fables and legends. Sorry, I was reading the comments on Suddenly Susan’s last article and my mind went into a form of Elizabethan prose.
The Natalie Portman signing…. It really was a crazy dream. Low and behold, not only was I in the signing but also Suddenly Susan as well.
Check out her encounter below with the number one worst autograph signer of the past two years!
With all the recent Comic Con recaps, it got me thinking about the awesome randomness you can happen upon there. A few Cons ago (2010 I think), I was standing in an aisle way, just resting my feet, and took note of the trailer for the movie ‘Hesher” that was playing on a flat screen TV. I moved up closer and noticed a little sign taped to the side of the booth. It was literally a piece of notebook paper, written in marker and secured to the wall with duct tape. I kid you not! It was about 6 inches wide.
It said, Natalie Portman would be doing a singing and to win, all you had to do was answer a question from the trailer I’d been watching. Just then a guy makes an announcement that they will be asking the questions in 2 minutes so we could line up. It was literally, the best timing ever. I was the 5th person from the front. Score!
I watched the trailer for the next 2 minutes and tried to memorize everything and anything. I thought the questions would be difficult. They weren’t. So, I answered my trivia question correctly and received a winning ticket.
I made my way to the “waiting” area and who do I see standing there? Mike the Fanboy himself! This was sometime before I became an MTF family member, but I knew Mike from here and there on the autograph scene.
The security setup for Natalie’s entrance was better than that of the President himself. We were instructed NO PICTURES several times and your camera had to be completely out of site before ascending up the stairs to the signing area.
It was literally on top of the booth that held the contest and was a very small platform area. The nice thing was that you went up one at a time and got your poster signed and then climbed back down the stairs.
I had heard (and still hear) only the worst stories about Natalie. She’s rude. She’s mean. She’ll spit right in your face! Well, I made the last part up, but it sounded like something she’d do.
So, much to my surprise, when it was my turn in front of Ms. Portman, she had the biggest smile on her face and greeted me with “hi, how are you?” I was so taken aback. I had pictured a complete head down, no eye contact reaction from her and she was quite the opposite. “Great,” I said. I also told her how much I loved her in The other Boleyn girl and that the movie was better than the book. She thanked me very much and seemed genuine and sincere.
I know a lot of people think, well she has to be nice, she’s being paid to be there, or she’s promoting a film. Well, I’ve had plenty of bad experiences at conventions by people paid to be there and worse even, by people I’ve paid for their autograph. So, she didn’t have to be nice at all. Remember my Gillian Anderson write up? Case in point.
It was a fairly quick meeting, but an overall positive one. I didn’t quite understand the poster at the time, but having since seen the movie, the middle finger is a tattoo the title character has on his back. I think the poster is cool and it was nice to also get young actor Devin Brochu and director Spencer Susser. Side note, Spencer is a member of Blue Tongue Films Production Company which was co-founded by my future husband, Joel Edgerton. Now all I need is Joseph Gordon Levitt’s signature to finish it off. Yea, that’ll happen…
So, on this day, Natalie Portman was definitely Dr. Jekyll!!
For being shockingly awesome, Natalie Portman gets the Happy Theo Award!
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