No actors plan to have three or four movies out in one year. And yet, it’s happening to the best of them: Natalie Portman has five movies opening in theaters in 2011. But she’s not the only one: Matt Damon and Channing Tatum each have five in the pipeline, while Daniel Craig has four. Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Aniston each have three.
The reasons for the glut of releases from the same stars vary. Some projects require a lot of postproduction or get delayed after completion, then suddenly cram the release doorway all at once, nudging each other as they clamor for audience attention. The biggest potential pitfall to having so many movies hit the marketplace in such a short period of time is overexposure, which Portman herself acknowledges: “I’m a bit like, ‘Oh God, people are going to get really sick of my face,” the actress tells EW. “But I’ll be out of the public eye for a while after this. I promise.”
But there are pros to balance out the cons. Craig has four chances this year to show he can open a non-Bond film; Cowboys & Aliens and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo look like reasonably safe bets at the box office. Portman shows off a silly side with No Strings Attached (opening today) and the upcoming sword-and-sorcery farce Your Highness, while her two long-delayed indie dramas Hesher and The Other Woman may piggyback on some of her Black Swan heat. Channing Tatum, who has five films due in theaters this year, admits, “I am totally worried, for sure. I don’t want to overdo it.” But Tatum concedes that being an in-demand actor who works regularly is a high-class sort of problem to have. “It’s just really unfortunate that all these great opportunities came along,” he jokes.
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