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Natalie Portman Creating ‘Eating Animals’ Vegan Documentary?

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Natalie Portman’s love of animals is no mystery and she just might be turning her passion into an onscreen production. Portman is possibly heading behind the camera for a documentary based on the book “Eating Animals,” which she credits for her transformation into a fulltime vegan.

Last summer the author of the book, Jonathan Safran Foer, revealed Portman “is going to make a movie of it.”

“She wants to make a very personal documentary,” the author explained in an interview with the French site Chap. “She contacted me, she told me that she loved the book. I know her now. I will help her eventually but it will be her vision. She’s only at the very beginning.”

You may be familiar with the acclaimed book, which is a memoir about Foer’s journey in learning about what we eat. According to its official site, it “explores the many stories we use to justify our eating habits – folklore and pop culture, family traditions and national myth, apparent facts and inherent fictions – and how such tales can lull us into a brutal forgetting.”

Overall, Foer focuses on the importance of a more sustainable twist to our eating habits, especially a more humane approach to eating meat.

The 30-year-old Oscar winning actress has said in the past, “Perhaps others disagree with me that animals have personalities. But the highly documented torture of animals is unacceptable, and the human cost Foer describes in his book, of which I was previously unaware, is universally compelling.”

Portman currently has been taking a backseat to the limelight, since she had her baby Aleph with fiancé Benjamin Millepied, whom she met on the set of her movie “Black Swan.” This just might be the perfect way for the actress to get her feet wet again in the movie biz.

Are you excited for Portman’s possible next project?

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  • Info

    Think it’s a great project!
    I live for vegetables and promoting them.
    There’s so much to say, educate and excite the audience about EATING RIGHT FOR the PLANET.

  • This is going to be amazing!

  • I thought she gave up on veganism when she was pregnant..?

  • Andrea331

    hell Yessssss!!!!!

  • Lavegana

    Ever since she dropped veganism during pregnancy, citing anti-vegan propaganda, she’s lost all credibility with me. I don’t even like to see her movie any more.

  • Mark

    This skinny bitch did a flip flop and starting eating dead animals and supporting their murder when she was pregnant. Probably not the best spokesperson for veganism.

    • Zsummer

      Was she eating dead animals, or was it just some baked cookies or cakes with egg and dairy in it? I’m not sure, but I’m glad to see her coming back around.

  • I wonder if she is just trying to get back in th good graces after she dropped her veganism during her pregnancy because she wanted to scarf down cookies..totally unbelievable…it is easy to make or even buy vegan cookies and she is a celebrity, bakerys would throw themselves at her feet when she would request vegan goods..

    Well, but maybe she really has opened her eyes and learned something from the book, because we are all just humans and we may stumble sometimes

  • Kamal S. Prasad

    Veganism, to me, is the path and not a destination. If one strays off the path and wants to make amends, they should be applauded for it. Yes, I did not like hearing about her dropping her vegan diet while she was pregnant, but if this movie helps convert one other person to a vegan diet, I would rather support her than not.

    • Lavegana

      I think I have to disagree. I very much think veganism is a destination (kind of like inner peace). It’s a place of understanding at which you arrive after asking yourself what kind of person you want to be. Once you know a thing, there is no way to unknow it. So to know all about veganism and say to yourself “I do not want to be the kind of person who supports x, y, & z” and then turn your back on it when it’s convenient is something I cannot respect in a person. I think Natalie Portman wanted to have dairy while she was pregnant bc she simply wanted those things, and that’s fine. She should have said that though. Instead, she said that she felt her “body really needed those things” and that pregnant people really “have to watch their iron and B12 levels” and cited this false anti-vegan propaganda as her reason for dropping veganism. I can’t support a person who does that simply to protect their taste for animal products while delegitimizing my way of living and eating. To me, she rides the fence and vascillates bc her committment isn’t actually all that strong. Probably bc she has not fully arrived at that place where she can say “This is the kind of person I want to be”.

      I can say as a pregnant vegan that the craving excuse is just that….an excuse. If a pregnant lady craves a beer, does that mean she should have it? If she craves a cigarette, does that mean she should have it? If I have a craving for eggs, does that mean I should have them? No, because I’ve come to the conclusion that all of these things are not good for me or my baby, and I won’t have anything to do with them. My doctor (who is not a vegan and never had a vegan patient before) is actually quite impressed with my pregnancy so far. He says both baby and I are in excellent health and he actually worries about the diets of other patients far more than he worries about mine. He says that at least with me he knows I’m not eating a steady diet of Jack in the Box, Arby’s and Taco Bell or eating entire containers of ice cream.

      It’s great that this book is being made into a documentary, but I think the statement she released during her pregnancy is unforgiveable.

      • Rain300

        I totally agree with you. She totally bad mouthed veganism for her cravings and made like she was deficient. Seriously that was a bad move and I know she did it out of guilt to justify her means. Vegans have a hard enough time as it is and when ex vegans talk badly on other vegans because they too feel guilty and in order to justify their means they put veganism down. If it is was just to themselves I would have not issue but they say these lies in public. Fine she found her way back. Awesome! but she will have to earn her credibility back specially after talking down so much on vegans. Welcome back Natalie hopefully this time your here to stay.

  • Matt

    Mark –

    She has a bigger than most people eating vegan. If promoting veganism was your main objective, you wouldn’t veto her upcoming plans because she ate animal bi-products during her pregnancy. You, my friend, are working against the overall goal with that attitude.

  • Vegfedped

    I’m a little confused because this is a recent article, yet the link embedded in it regarding “transformation into a full time vegan” is a few years old and predates her pregnancy. I have yet to find anything that says she is now again a vegan.

  • Amprop

    NO, I am not excited. Portman gave up veganism when she became pregnant. This is purely publicity. I would not support any project that she is involved in.

  • Roma

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Natalie you are Enlightened, Compassionate and Loving!

  • Jay

    She only lost her veganism to become vegetarian for when she got cravings for sweets at like 4 in the morning. Sweets that could contain eggs, and dairy. Not eating meat. Regardless, I’m excited for this and very proud of her. You go Natalie.

  • Maleficent

    Didn’t she just recently say she wasn’t vegan anymore?

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