'Black Swan' Double Claims Portman Only Did '5 Percent' of Full-Body Dance Shots in the Movie

EW writes:
The ballerina who served as a dancing double for Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winnning role in Black Swan tells EW she has been the victim of a “cover-up” to mislead the public about how much dancing Portman actually did in the film. “Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie,” says Sarah Lane, 27, an American Ballet Theatre soloist who performed many of the film’s complicated dance sequences, allowing Portman’s face to be digitally grafted onto her body. “All the other shots are me.”

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darklordzor3500d ago

You know, if it was just Portman going around saying how much of the dancing she did herself, I'd be more inclined to believe the body double. However, the lead choreographer and Aronofsky, and other memebers of the cast have remarked on how much she did. Maybe it wasn't s full 85%, but I doubt that the body double lady is telling the truth that it was only 5%.

Christopher3500d ago

Controversy. It's everywhere.

darklordzor3499d ago

Sounds like you're working on a demotivational poster!

jony_dols3499d ago

It does matter. Because she won both an Oscar & a Golden Globe for her performance. A good third of the film revolves around dancing sequences and a lot of the acclaim that Portman received was for her own involvement and dedication to getting the dancing segments right.

Obviously this has been fabricated and now it detracts from her overall performance in the film (which was by no means amazing in the first place).

Crazay3499d ago

Her acclaim came from her acting skills - Not her dancing and she was very deserving of the win.

darklordzor3499d ago

Yes sir, preach on! Even by the 1/3 you're talking about, that's still 2/3 of the movie relying solely on her acting, which is a good amount.

jony_dols3499d ago

Annette Bening's 3/3 performance tops Portman's 2/3.

JL3499d ago

Like the others said, you could take every bit of the dancing away and I'd still give her the Oscar. It was her performance that warranted her praise. The duplicity of her role, the way she handled it. Just magnificent.

And I'm sorry, but Bening's performance is HIGHLY overrated in that movie. It's the same thing she does in EVERY movie. It was just a run-of-the-mill average performance. And the movie itself was complete garbage.

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darklordzor3499d ago

On some level JL I agree with you. She did win the Oscar for her performance, but 2/3 of the film didn't involve her dancing, but her acting abilities, which were just amazing.

I don't think her not doing those sequences would really have effected her oscar potential, but it would kind of suck to have her saying she did all this stuff when she didn't.

Like I said though, I couldn't imagine all of these other people (director, producers, choreographer) claiming how much she did, when she didn't. I'm not buying the body double's story.

Crazay3499d ago

I could not even care in the slightest. I think the dancer just wants her pat on the back because she feels like she's the "Unsung Hero". Did the stunt double do a good job dancing? I guess so - I'm no professional so how would I know? I never even expected that she did anything more than 5% of the dancing because I do know that it takes years and years of training(according to a friend of mine who used to do Ballet) to be performing even the simplest of moves.

darklordzor3499d ago

It does take a ridiculous amount of training I'm sure, but I still think Natalie Portman did way more than that girl is saying. Did she do a full 85%? Probably not, but I don't think it was as low as 5%.

You're more than likely right in that the stunt double feels way under appreciated, but making these type of claims in the way she's doing it, is only going to make HER look bad, instead of Portman.

jony_dols3498d ago

Darren Aronofsky's visceral and frantic direction is the real star of Black Swan.

In my opinion, Portman wasn't even the best actress/actor in the film. The perennially underrated Vincent Cassell claims that award.

JL3498d ago

Not to say that Cassell didn't do a good job, but really? Did you watch the movie? The duality of Portman's role. The depth of emotion. The range she exhibited. And so on and so on.

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Crazay3499d ago

@DLZ - She wants recognition? Here's some.

"Great job on the dancing you did in Black Swan. Now get over it and move along you self absorbed jackass."

darklordzor3499d ago

LOL! I'm not sure that's the recognition she wants for it, but you're right, she's asking for way too much credit. She needs to just keep moving on and finding other films to work on, or sticking with her dancing.

artrexler3497d ago

Are there Oscars for stunt doubles? Not that I've heard of. She should realize that if she's going to be the body double of Natalie Portman, don't expect any external recognition. Natalie is the actor. You were a body. This is the cinema...where they act. It's just dancers who always want the spotlight. Just be glad that you were in an oscar winning movie. This is Hollywood, not the Ballet.

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