After her dramatic turn in "Black Swan" that earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress in February, and a light-hearted role in the romantic comedy "No Strings Attached," Natalie Portman is once again switching gears with her role in the comedy "Your Highness."
The R-rated fantasy comedy, which hit theaters on Friday, April 8, also stars James Franco and Danny McBride of the HBO series "Eastbound & Down." In the film, Portman plays a warrior who helps a pair of princes, played by Franco and McBride, save a maiden, played by Zooey Deschanel, from an evil wizard, portrayed by Justin Theroux.
"It was such a great experience to get to work with these guys," Portman said in a satellite interview with OnTheRedCarpet.com host Chris Balish. "You know, Danny [McBride] is just sort of a giant of comedy already and James [Franco] is obviously so multi-talented."
Portman explains her character is "sort of a fierce warrior." She adds that the film takes place in "like medieval times, but it's not actually medieval times because it's some other universe. Certainly, not a historical picture."
The actress showcases a thong bikini in the movie, which is directed by David Gordon Green, who directed Franco and McBride in "Pineapple Express." However, Portman says the film is "sort of its own breed of comedy. I don't know that it like fits in with anything that's been done before. "
Portman might also have another chance to showcase her action skills again when "Thor" hits theaters on May 6. The actress plays Jane Foster, the human love interest of Thor, who will be played by "Star Trek" actor Chris Hemsworth.
"Oh he looks like a superhero," Portman said about Hemsworth. "He is fully superhero-ed out!"
Kenneth Branagh, who is best known for adapting and direction Shakespeare plays like "Henry V " and "Hamlet" for the silver screen, is the director of the film and Portman says it was his involvement that piqued her interest in the project.
"He has such a deep understand of sort of classical dramatic structures," Portman said of Branagh. "I think that's really necessary for a project like 'Thor' that's this comic book but with a sort of basis in mythology."
Reporting by Chris Balish, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).