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What's the Deal With That "Fake" Natalie Portman Trailer for Hesher?

What's Natalie Portman doing wearing dorky sweaters and 1980s glasses right before the Academy Awards?
/ Source: E!online

What's Natalie Portman doing wearing dorky sweaters and 1980s glasses right before the Academy Awards?

Did Portman don the duds to distract Oscar voters from her reviews for No Strings Attached? Did Annette Bening foist them on her, CGI-style, in order to belittle the Best Actress competition?

We've got the answer on who's behind the eye-opening "fake" trailer for Portman's upcoming indie flick, Hesher.

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And, sorry, Oscar-minded conspiracy theorists, but neither Portman nor Bening is behind the gone-viral clip, which, honestly, is no embarrassment to anyone. (If anything, it's an oddball artifact of Portman's pre-Black Swan career.)

In any case, according to the film's writer-director, the trailer is the handiwork of the nefarious, the notorious, well...it's the work of some folks whose job it is to sell the movie to overseas audiences.

In other words, as filmmaker Spencer Susser told the movie site GordonandtheWhale.com in an email Monday, "it's not a bad trailer...[it just] doesn't accurately present the tone of the film or the character of Hesher."

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays the long-haired dude of the title, has tweeted as much (" totally misrepresents the movie "). Moonlighting Office star Rainn Wilson, who plays a grieving widower in the film, has, too: " NOT legit."

A legit clip can be found on the movie's official Website.

As for the film itself, which has been kicking around since the 2010 Sundance festival? It's said to be slated for a theatrical release in April, after the Oscars, when Portman's 1980s glasses and dorky sweaters can't hurt her.

Or help her.

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