Natalie Portman: Black Swan, White Swan or No-Dancing Liar Swan?

Friday, March 25 by

You know who’s super angry these days? Academy Award winner Natalie Portman‘s dancing double for Black Swan. She’s one pissed off pirouetter.

According to Portman’s husband, Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied (who’s also the father of that baby she’s so into carrying around these days), “85% of that movie is Natalie.” It’s probably unwise to think a husband is an entirely unbiased source for information on his wife. If Millepied didn’t say nice things about her in public, Portman might high-kick him in the face when he got home. Of course, Portman’s body double Sarah Lane says she probably could not do that.

In a recent interview, Lane put the “Natalie Portman is actually dancing in this shot” ratio at 5%. Yikes. Lane does admit that all the close-up shots of Portman stiffly holding her hand up in the air while looking pensive were 100% Natalie. How kind. She goes on:

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?

Like Portman’s husband, I’m not entirely sure we can completely trust the word of a girl who wasn’t thanked in any Oscar speeches lately. However, a special effects demo reel did show full body dancing scenes where Portman’s head was painted onto Lane’s body. Could it be that Portman’s dancing prowess has been greatly exaggerated? Or are these the bitter words of an overlooked artist, upset that a lifetime of ballet doesn’t lead to parts in great movies like”No Strings Attached?”

I guess all that stuff in Darren Aronofsky’s movie about ballerinas being super competitive and kinda bitchy is true. Does that mean these girls often imagine themselves turning into birds, too? I hope so. That’d be awesome. (Entertainment Weekly)

COMMENTS

  1. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Sally Do

    I totally agree but I’m pretty sure Natalie Portman is not (yet) married to Bejamin Millepied. They’re engaged, not married.


  2. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Marthamayhem

    I don’t think it is true that ballerinas are bitchy. I think is true that Hollywood actresses are self-absorbed fame whores. The body double and the ballet world wanted credit for the quality of dancing that appeared on screen thanks to a professional who trained over twenty years to do those moves. If you’re only believable as a dancer when shot from the neck up, you’re not doing 90% of the dancing. Give credit where credit is due and don’t make it about the Oscars. THe Oscars are a total sham, but that is another story.


  3. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Anonymous

    I think, dancer is dancer, and actor is actor! We shouldn’t confuse them! The dancer did her work well, and we all appreciate this, but the Oscar should be given for acting not dancing! It’s movie, not dance show! Hope, Sarah will realize that! In his interview, which I downloaded from http://www.torrentoff.com , Aranofski defended Portman, and I completely understand this situation. Perhaps, they should talk and come to an agreement!


  4. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Anonymous

    I think, dancer is dancer, and actor is actor! We shouldn’t confuse them! The dancer did her work well, and we all appreciate this, but the Oscar should be given for acting not dancing! It’s movie, not dance show! Hope, Sarah will realize that! In his interview, which I downloaded from http://www.torrentoff.com , Aranofski defended Portman, and I completely understand this situation. Perhaps, they should talk and come to an agreement!


  5. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Anonymous

    I think, dancer is dancer, and actor is actor! We shouldn’t confuse them! The dancer did her work well, and we all appreciate this, but the Oscar should be given for acting not dancing! It’s movie, not dance show! Hope, Sarah will realize that! In his interview, which I downloaded from http://www.torrentoff.com , Aranofski defended Portman, and I completely understand this situation. Perhaps, they should talk and come to an agreement!


  6. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Anonymous

    I think, dancer is dancer, and actor is actor! We shouldn’t confuse them! The dancer did her work well, and we all appreciate this, but the Oscar should be given for acting not dancing! It’s movie, not dance show! Hope, Sarah will realize that! In his interview, which I downloaded from http://www.torrentoff.com , Aranofski defended Portman, and I completely understand this situation. Perhaps, they should talk and come to an agreement!


  7. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Anonymous

    I think, dancer is dancer, and actor is actor! We shouldn’t confuse them! The dancer did her work well, and we all appreciate this, but the Oscar should be given for acting not dancing! It’s movie, not dance show! Hope, Sarah will realize that! In his interview, which I downloaded from http://www.torrentoff.com , Aranofski defended Portman, and I completely understand this situation. Perhaps, they should talk and come to an agreement!


  8. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Anonymous

    I think, dancer is dancer, and actor is actor! We shouldn’t confuse them! The dancer did her work well, and we all appreciate this, but the Oscar should be given for acting not dancing! It’s movie, not dance show! Hope, Sarah will realize that! In his interview, which I downloaded from http://www.torrentoff.com , Aranofski defended Portman, and I completely understand this situation. Perhaps, they should talk and come to an agreement!


  9. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Anonymous

    I think, dancer is dancer, and actor is actor! We shouldn’t confuse them! The dancer did her work well, and we all appreciate this, but the Oscar should be given for acting not dancing! It’s movie, not dance show! Hope, Sarah will realize that! In his interview, which I downloaded from http://www.torrentoff.com , Aranofski defended Portman, and I completely understand this situation. Perhaps, they should talk and come to an agreement!


  10. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Redux Systems

    Just wanted to say: Who gives a shit swan. Shes still hawt swan. :P


  11. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Bee

    Sure, body and stunt doubles are used all of the time with no credit given to them. And these people are fine with that. However the actor goes over the line when they personally claim credit for something amazing that their double actually did. If their stunt double does a back flip off of a 10 story building during an action scene, I think we can all agree that for the actor to claim “Man, wasn’t I courageous jumping off that ten story building!?” would be outright wrong. No different with Black Swan. For Natalie and her producers to claim that most of the difficult work in the movie was her talent and skill from ballet training when in reality it was someone else with the actual training required to pull it off, is just not right. And then to parlay the falsehood to help you win the Oscar is just way over the line.


  12. March 25, 2011 10:17 pm

    Bee

    The fact that she goes on lying about what her role was in the movie, is the annoying bit. Yes, if she came clean and did not publish a false statement, this wouldn’t backfire. Natalie, you are a good actress, be happy with that, and do not attempt to glorify yourself at the expense of others.