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Star Wars may have been hugely successful at the box office, but that notoriety almost killed Natalie Portman’s career in Hollywood. Portman tells New York Magazine that after starring the the Stars Wars trilogy beginning with “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” she could not find work.”‘Star Wars’ had come out … and everyone thought I was a horrible actress. I was in the biggest-grossing movie of the decade, and no director wanted to work with me. Mike wrote a letter to Anthony Minghella and said, ‘Put her in ‘Cold Mountain,’ I vouch for her.’ And then Anthony passed me on to Tom Tykwer, who passed me on to the Wachowskis. I worked with Milos Forman a few years later. He said, “Mike saved me. He wrote a letter so that I could get asylum in the U.S.” He did that for 50 people, and it doesn’t make any one of us feel less special.”
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