The following story contains a spoiler alert for the Star Wars prequel trilogy. I'm not kidding. You have been warned.
We all have different reasons why we no longer want to watch the Star Wars prequel trilogy. For some, it has to do with the tedium tied to trade federations. For others (most, actually), it has to do with Jar Jar Binks. Natalie Portman, however, has a totally different -- and seemingly valid -- excuse as to why she isn't showing her 5-year-old son the three Star Wars movies that mommy did before he was born. She explains:
At the end of Star Wars: Episode III -- Revenge of the Sith, Natalie Portman's character, Padme Amidala, dies giving birth to some very famous twins: Luke and Leia Skywalker. Comically, she lives long enough to give them their famous names. Then, her body is altered to still look pregnant, to throw off Padme's baby daddy, aka Darth Vader. Here, watch the scene one more time, in case it has been a while:
This is an interesting conundrum that actors and actresses face. During a recent interview with Naomi Watts, I told her how much The Impossible moved both myself and my family. She told me that it's a movie she has held off on showing her own children, because "mommy" takes such a beating in the film. She didn't want to put her own children through the ordeal of seeing bad things happen. And I totally get that.
On the flip side, there are some truly heroic Padme moments in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and Natalie Portman is depriving her kid of seeing his mom kick some serious ass, at least in Attack of the Clones. Skip to this part, Natalie!
If Natalie Portman is sensitive about Revenge of the Sith, she might want to sit out of Rogue One, as well. It opens in theaters on December 16.
While Portman is still concerned about movies from Star Wars' past, we are focused on the story's future. Rian Johnson has been working hard on Star Wars: Episode 8, the sequel to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we have have followed him evert step of the way. Find out EVERYTHING we know about the next Star Wars movie by reading on.