Natalie Portman is one of the many actors to pay tribute to the late director Mike Nichols.
Nichols, who was 83 years old, died suddenly from cardiac arrest on Wednesday, November 19 leaving the hundreds of actors and actresses that he had worked with heartbroken.
Natalie first worked with Nichols as a teenager in the onstage version of Chekhov’s The Seagull, and then later collaborated with him on the film Closer for which she received her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, according to E! News.
“There’s nothing good enough I can write that would do Mike justice,” Portman said in a statement following Nichols untimely death.
Portman is not the only one who is mourning Nichols. Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, and Tom Stoppard also released statements remembering their mentor and friend.
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“Everyone who was close to Mike has suffered a loss which cannot be repaired, ever. To have been his friend was a blessing. To have worked with him was both a privilege and the best of times. He was my hero,” Stoppard said.
“‘Forward. We must always move forward. Otherwise what will become of us?’ said Mike Nichols, who changed the lives of those who knew him, who loved him, who will miss him,” said Tom Hanks.
“An inspiration and joy to know, a director who cried when he laughed, a friend without whom, well, we can’t imagine our world, an indelible irreplaceable man,” Meryl Streep said.
Portman described Nichols as the kind of person who always knew how to lift your spirits when you were down. She said he “saved” her on more than one occasion, and her heart breaks for his family.
“He was the one who had the best words, the right hug for hard times, the funny comment to diffuse your pain,” Portman said. “He saved me again and again. He was the best way to be a person and an artist. And the most, most fun. I send my deepest love to Diane [Sawyer], Jenny, Max, Daisy and their children, who filled his days with light.”