Queen Amidala herself, Natalie Portman, has made two memorable appearances on Saturday Night Live. The first was in 2006, not long after she attended Harvard University and starred in a certain trilogy of Star Wars movies. The second was in 2018, after she’d “matured a lot.”
Firstly, we must issue a warning that there are some explicit lyrics ahead. In her first SNL appearance, Portman rapped about not being a role model to little kids dressed as Padme, “all the kids looking up to me can suck my dick!” She also confessed; “When I was at Harvard, I smoked weed every day, I cheated every test, And snorted all the yay.” The Lonely Island wrote the rap, and Andy Samberg (who of course starred in 2016’s Popstar!) has a cameo as Carl the Viking in the video.
When she appeared on SNL in 2018, Portman had changed a lot. She was now an Oscar-winning actress, as well as a wife, mother, and activist, so therefore her appearance would surely be different, right? Well, no. Asked if she finds it difficult juggling kids and a career, she responded; “You can juggle these nuts!”
The interviewer, Beck Bennett, makes the mistake of asking; “have you seen the new Star Wars movies?” To which Portman responds that she hasn’t. Bennett says; “Oh, well they’re really good! They’re much better than…” To which Portman asks; “Better than what?”
She then breaks into another verse of her epic rap, while dressed in her Amidala regalia; “Say something ’bout the motherfucking prequels, bitch! (They were good!) Say something fucking nice about Jar-Jar Binks (He’s tall?) Now kiss him right on his seventeen dicks (What?) While I sit there on your face and take a shit!”
Samberg’s Carl the Viking makes a reappearance, asking Natalie to acknowledge the child she’s left with him. The interview concludes with Portman sticking a “Time’s Up” pin in Bennett’s forehead.
Since 2018, the prequels have had something of a reappraisal, and by the time Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor were on the publicity tour for Obi-Wan Kenobi – they were greeted with a lot of warmth and nostalgia. The kids who watched the prequels have now grown up, meaning that they are viewed differently.
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