Jake Gyllenhaal Interviews Natalie Portman About The Smurfs, Dirty Rap

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In the September issue of Interview, Jake Gyllenhaal interrogates Natalie Portman on her favorite '80s toys, who she'd like to see added to Mount Rushmore, and why she finds the phrase "Wait 'til you see my dick..." so funny.


Jake and Natalie co-star in the upcoming film Brothers and it's clear from the interview that they're both geeky in every sense of the word. At various points in the excerpt of the interview online, they discuss their favorite planetarium shows, obsess about '80s toys, and plot a time machine journey back to the beginning of civilization. They actually shift from high-brow to low-brow pretty easily, such as when Jake tries to psychoanalyze Natalie based on her revelation that she used to be scared of Gargamel, the bad guy on The Smurfs.

GYLLENHAAL: Looking at all these things that you've done and contributed to the world so far, I would have thought that the evil wizard Gargamel would've been something you could have very easily stepped over.

PORTMAN: Thank you for saying that, but I'm far from fearless. I'm afraid of everything. But maybe when you're afraid of everything, it sort of seems like you're scared of nothing.

GYLLENHAAL: Well, there's no courage without fear, so you must have great courage because you're afraid of everything.

PORTMAN: That sounds like something from a Batman movie: "There is no courage without fear..."

But as Natalie says, Jake is also, "really good at getting out the dark secrets." He asks her what song reflects her current state and she says all she's been listening to recently is "dirty rap."

GYLLENHAAL: Your affection for dirty rap is something that people really don't know about you, which I think is fascinating. You do incredible things for the world, and then you listen to just completely obscene hip-hop music.

PORTMAN: Really, really obscene hip-hop. I love it so much. It makes me laugh and then it makes me want to dance. Those are like my two favorite things, so combined . . . I've been listening a lot lately to "Wait (The Whisper Song)" by the Ying Yang Twins, where the lyrics are like, "Wait 'til you see my dick"-which is just amazing because it's whispered. [whispers] "Wait 'til you see my dick . . . " [laughs] Crazy. So I just listen to it like I'm a five-year-old, like, "Oh my god! I can't believe he just said that!"

GYLLENHAAL: It's interesting that you think the lyric "Wait 'til you see my dick" describes your current state. I think people are learning more about you right now then they ever have in an interview. I'm proud of that.

It's true. Now we've all learned that SNL skit probably wasn't a joke after all.

Natalie Portman By Jake Gyllenhaal [Interview Magazine]
Natalie Raps [NBC.com]




Something about Natalie Portman bothers me. I can't quite pinpoint it. I think maybe it's because she's heralded as this like genius actress, and while I'm sure she's not dumb, she never seemed all that smart to me. I think that's it - I'm bothered that if you are both beautiful and simply not-dumb it's something to be marveled at.