Why Chile’s Pablo Larrain Was Perfect Choice to Direct American Tragedy ‘Jackie’ (Video)

Natalie Portman, Darren Aronofsky discuss what Larrain brought to First Lady biopic

“Why me?” That was Chilean award-season breakout and “Jackie” director Pablo Larrain’s big question when producers for the Jackie Kennedy biopic approached him with the job offer.

Larrain, also making the rounds this year for Chilean drama “Neruda,” won the trust of producers like Darren Aronofsky and Mickey Liddell thanks to his distance from the national event.

“He didn’t have the baggage that everyone else had,” Lidell said in new behind-the-scenes featurette exclusive to TheWrap.

“He said, ‘Let me treat her like I would anyone else’ and how she must have felt,’” Lidell added.

Portman complimented Larrain’s “fluid” style of filmmaking as the two set off to examine the events that occurred in the days after JFK’s assassination in 1963, and how Jackie helped shape his enduring, mythical legacy.

Watch the full feature above.