Personally I think that Portman's acting was a bit...well...bland. She's convincing to a certain degree when she is playing the regal queen and senator but other than that I had a REALLY hard time believeing her emotional roles. She's pretty I agree, and maybe that's the only reason why George picked her for the role. *Shrug* This may sound strange also, but I think Leia/Carrie is better looking and has better acting skills than Portman. But did Portman ruin PT? No. I think she damaged them, but not ruined. I like Star Wars for Star Wars; and I don't let little things ruin it for me. Of course, some of my dislike toward Portman might be because she got to kiss Hayden...LOL. -Bjork.