Did Natalie Portman Film a Nude Scene for Wes Anderson?

Did Natalie Portman Film Nude Scene

Wes Anderson is already one of my favorite directors on the planet. Life Aquatic is wildly underrated and The Royal Tenenbaums is a sublime dark comedy. But in an effort to further ingratiate himself he's gone off and made a short film (set to appear before his latest, Darjeeling Limited ) that features the gal I've long had a crush on in the nude - none other than Natalie Portman. The news comes from London's Time Out (full article here ), here's the relevant info:

If there's one element of 'Hotel Chevalier' that's surprising for Anderson, it's a strong sense of romance and sexuality: in one shot, Schwartzmann gently pulls off Portman's clothes to reveal her naked body from behind, and a later shot has Portman, nude, standing still in a doorway, one foot up against the frame... It's the sexiest thing that Anderson has ever done.

True film buffs may remember that Natalie filmed a nude scene for Closer (another wildly underrated movie) which was later cut. A body double was used for some disturbing imagery in Goya's Ghost that involved Portman's character. So this would mark the first time Natalie bared all, which speaks well to the trust Wes Anderson's actors place in him. It's also not going to hurt at the box office is it? You know the marketing execs are doing their best to figure out how they can advertise for a short film that has nothing to do with the feature presentation. It also seems like the shot is artistic and worthwhile (based on the writer's impression) so married fellas like myself don't have to feel dirty about buying a ticket.

An awful lot of buzz has been springing up around Darjeeling Limited lately, hasn't it? Some of it has been of the sad variety (Owen Wilson's troubles) while this latest tidbit definitely falls into the more interesting and gossipy category. Either way I hope it means that we'll start overrating Wes Anderson soon. He deserves no less.

Laremy Legel edits the movies section for film.com... but he also manages to take lunch too.