All it took was a brief statement by her dancing double to throw Natalie Portmanâs Black Swan glory into doubtâbut a growing number of those who worked on the film are jumping to her defense.
First a recap: after the wildly successful thriller swept audiences and earned Portman an Oscar, all seemed good with the world. Critics were aghast at her apparent ability to perform intricate ballet numbers, and she was showered with praise.
Then her âdancing doubleâ Sarah Lane made a few choice statements to the press, stirring up a pretty sizable controversy. Lane claims that she was told to stop speaking out about the details regarding how much of the dancing was done by Portman, and how much was done by herself. On top of that, Lane says that she was removed from the extra scenes featured on the DVDâall to help create a âfaĂ§ade.â
Rather than let his fiancĂ©âs work be tarnished, Benjamin Millepeid (also the filmâs choreographer) was the first to speak up, saying that Lane only did a few things in the studio, but that Portman is actually in about 85% of the shots.
Then came Darren Aronofsky, who this week gave an even more technical defense. He asserts that of the 139 dance shots in the film, all but 28 were done by the actress herself.
Even co-star Mila Kunis jumped in, calling the controversy âunfortunate,â and saying that she danced her âa** off.â
For me, there is no controversy. Everyone knows that when movies are shot involving professions or trades that require years of training and experience, they are almost always shot as a combination of the actor and the âreal life,â genuine article.
When Tom Cruise did Top Gun, was he expected to know how to fly an F-14 Tomcat?
Though some do their own stunt work, many actors are swapped out by more physically capable doubles. After all, were talking about the production of âfictionalâ films, arenât we?
So letâs move on from âbody double gate,â and let Natalie Portman bask in her glory. Sheesh.
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