Be careful. That man looks like he could eat your face off without hesitation.
BLACK SWAN director Darren Aronofsky has come out to publicly defend his lead star, Natalie Portman against the rumours that the actress' dance work in the ballet movie was mostly a body double and some CGI engineering. The speculation about the dancing first appeared when Sarah Lane, a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre who was hired to be Portman's body double in the Aronofsky flick, claimed that she was a victim of a cover-up. Lane went on record to state that "Of the full body shots, I would say 5% are Natalie. All the other shots are me." Lane was spurred to make these allegations after Benjamin Millepied, the film's choreographer and the baby daddy & fiance of Portman, was quoted in an article saying that 85% of the movie was Natalie.
Don't make daddy come to the table and force you kids to play nice, because that's exactly what Darren Aronofsky did in order to put some closure to this debate. “Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 75% Natalie Portman. What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman," read Aronofsky's official statement through Fox Searchlight, the film's distributor.
He continued: "And to be clear Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes. If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe. That is completely her without any digital magic. I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor. Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is.” Like I said, don't mess with dad.
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