Natalie Portman has never hid the fact that she used a dance double for some of the more complicated dance scenes in Black Swan. Her dance double, Sarah Lane, however, has recently come forward saying Portman did hide just how much she used her. Natalie's camp says it's her dancing in 85 percent of the scenes; Lane says it's Portman in just 5 percent of the dance scenes. Big difference!
Lane, a student from the American Ballet Theatre, makes a good case IF she speaks the truth. I'd want it acknowledged too if I'd done most of the dancing credited to an Oscar-winning actress. She told EW:
They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar. It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I’ve been doing this for 22 years…. Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you’re a movie star?
Good point -- could she really get that good in such a short amount of time?
Portman hasn't responded personally yet, but film execs say she absolutely did do the dancing. Fox Searchlight issued a statement saying:
We were fortunate to have Sarah there to cover the more complicated dance sequences and we have nothing but praise for the hard work she did. However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film.
It's a big she-said, she-said mess that really can only be solved one way: A good old-fashioned dance off! It's not like someone cheating on someone where only the two people accused know the real truth (if there aren't cameras involved.) There is a way to figure this shiz out.
If Portman really did do the moves, then let's see them. Defend your Oscar, Natalie! Sure there's that little matter of her being pretty pregnant at the moment, so maybe we'll have to wait until after the birth. But someone needs to start setting this up so we can solve it once and for all.
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Do you think Natalie Portman really did less of the dancing in Black Swan than we were led to believe, or do you think Sarah Lane is just trying to make a name for herself?
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