Natalie Portman steps back into the galaxy far, far away as she reprises her role of Queen Padme Amidala in her recent Saturday Night Live rap video. Hosting the long-running comedy program for the second time, the Academy Award-winning actress brought her A-game during last night’s show and even gamely taking part in planned sketches, including one that would make a lot of Star Wars fans happy.
Joining the famed space opera in 1999 as Queen Padme Amidala in Star Wars: Phantom Menace, Portman went on to reprise the role two more times in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. She starred in the trilogy opposite Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, Darth Vader’s old persona, before he completely turned to the dark side. Their chemistry may not have been the best, but they remain an integral part of the saga being Luke’s (Mark Hamill) and Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) biological parents.
The SNL bit sees Portman showing off her rapping skills. Referencing her past films during the music video, the actress pulled a huge shocker when she appeared on screen dressed in Padme’s Royal garb, complete with full face make-up. No one’s favorite prequel character, Jar Jar Binks, on the other hand, also made an appearance by the end of the short.
The sketch is 12 years in the making as a sequel to Portman’s first SNL rap video during her first time hosting the program. And despite the fact that the two bits barely have any difference bar the updated references, watching Portman not as her usual immaculate and graceful self is a sight to see. Further, the thought of her threatening those who dare badmouth the Star Wars prequel was downright hysterical.
Portman barely talked about her stint in the famed saga despite being one of the main leads of the prequel trilogy in the early 2000s. For the most part, she distanced herself from the franchise and didn’t even appear or send a message during the 40th-year celebration of the series at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. So it’s great to see her having fun with the fact that the trilogy wasn’t as well received as the originals from the late ’70s to early ’80s. It’s interesting to know, however, if she was being truthful when she said that she has not watched the latest Star Wars movies from J.J. Abrams and Rian Johnsons. She has previously shared that she doesn’t want her kids to see her films not because they’re bad, but because it could be traumatic for them seeing their mother dying on the screen. We wonder if they’ve at least watched the current films considering how big they can get.
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