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Darren Aronofsky defends Natalie Portman in body double controversy

Mar. 29, 2011by: Cherry Liquor

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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Extra Tidbit: At the end of the day, did any of you care about the dancing this much?
Source: EW

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12:31PM on 03/30/2011

extra tidbit

uhh yeah, the movie is about the ballet and I actually watch movies to get the full effect. I didn't see this movie just because I heard there was some muff diving...
uhh yeah, the movie is about the ballet and I actually watch movies to get the full effect. I didn't see this movie just because I heard there was some muff diving...
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4:10AM on 03/30/2011

Whatever...

Sounds like a "soloist" ego to talkin to me...
She did get hired as a stunt double not the star of the movie so I don't get the whining.It was a movie not the Sarah Lane extravaganza so cash your check and stfu lady.
Let's be honest here,what's really important is that Nathalie did the pussy eating scene herself...I'm sure she trained a lot to deliver on that scene(I can picture it so well) and I truly enjoyed her performance..
No need for Sarah Lane there...
Sounds like a "soloist" ego to talkin to me...
She did get hired as a stunt double not the star of the movie so I don't get the whining.It was a movie not the Sarah Lane extravaganza so cash your check and stfu lady.
Let's be honest here,what's really important is that Nathalie did the pussy eating scene herself...I'm sure she trained a lot to deliver on that scene(I can picture it so well) and I truly enjoyed her performance..
No need for Sarah Lane there...
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1:18PM on 03/29/2011

who gives a flying

cock? Not I. At the end of the day I'd bang Natalie, Sarah and Darren! So there
cock? Not I. At the end of the day I'd bang Natalie, Sarah and Darren! So there
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10:57AM on 03/29/2011
I think the way to get to the bottom of this mystery is for someone who is a proficient ballerina to watch Black Swan. If the majority of the dancing looked inexperienced, then it was Portman. If it looked like an actual ballerina then it was Sarah Lane. Since although Portman trained for this movie and I'm sure put a lot of effort into it, I think it would be impossible to emulate an actual ballerina in such a short span of time. It's extremely difficult work to become that skilled.
I think the way to get to the bottom of this mystery is for someone who is a proficient ballerina to watch Black Swan. If the majority of the dancing looked inexperienced, then it was Portman. If it looked like an actual ballerina then it was Sarah Lane. Since although Portman trained for this movie and I'm sure put a lot of effort into it, I think it would be impossible to emulate an actual ballerina in such a short span of time. It's extremely difficult work to become that skilled. Either way, I didn't care about the dancing...or anything else about this movie. I thought it was one of Aronoksky's weaker efforts. I enjoyed The Fountain and The Wrestler a lot more and was able to find a lot more artistic value in them as well.
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10:37AM on 03/29/2011
no one cared about the dancing
no one cared about the dancing
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8:58AM on 03/29/2011
Sarah Lane got exactly the credit she deserved--Portman mentioned her numerous times--and is only trying to use this to catapult herself to fame. If Lane is so much about credit, how come she never mentions Portman's other double?
Sarah Lane got exactly the credit she deserved--Portman mentioned her numerous times--and is only trying to use this to catapult herself to fame. If Lane is so much about credit, how come she never mentions Portman's other double?
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8:55AM on 03/29/2011

Hellz yes i cared about the dancing

i have changed my life to all ballet since this movie. it would be like a treckie finding out the enterprise isnt real.......its not!? WTF!!! lol
i have changed my life to all ballet since this movie. it would be like a treckie finding out the enterprise isnt real.......its not!? WTF!!! lol
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3:14AM on 03/29/2011

You go, Aronofsky!

You go!
You go!
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