A Video History of David Letterman Flirting with Natalie Portman
Last night, Natalie Portman appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman to plug her new Oscar contender, Black Swan. Over the course of the conversation, Letterman managed to completely embarrass Portman with his constant assertions that Portman is a shoo-in for Best Actress. But after some research, we discovered that Portman, a frequent guest in the Letterman hot-seat, has a way of tickling the talk show host's playfully flirtatious side.
Here's a clip of Portman's first-ever appearance on Late Night in 1994 promoting The Professional. What's interesting is that this interview is the complete opposite from the one yesterday. Yesterday, Portman discussed how she has enjoyed attending the multiple Black Swan screenings because of the audience reaction. Quite the difference with this story of how she fell asleep during her fifth viewing of The Professional. Letterman then takes her to task for her impression of the film's director, Luc Besson.
In this 1996 clip promoting Beautiful Girls (with Alec Baldwin for some reason) Letterman openly admits the he is very fond of Portman and is quite happy when she's on the show. Letterman then gets himself into a passive-aggressive battle of words with Alec Baldwin about their current salaries -- with a 14-year-old Portman sitting right in the middle. For an added bonus, scoot along to the 4:40 mark to when Dave asks Portman about watching the movie Threesome, which stars Baldwin's brother Stephen.
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