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Who Is the Real Black Swan (Portman Did 5% of the Dancing?)

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Deeper_Background, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Who Is the Real ‘Black Swan’?
    Wall Street Journal ^ | March 28, 2011 | Christopher John Farley

    So who is the real “Black Swan”?

    Ironically, a film about a ballerina who is haunted by a doppelganger is dealing with critical comments being made by a dance double who worked on the movie–and now the director is weighing in.

    Sarah Lane, Natalie Portman’s dance double in “Black Swan,” told the Wall Street Journal this weekend that she did the overwhelming majority of the dancing in the film. “I should specify the actual percentage of dancing that Natalie did,” Lane said in one email. “They are saying that it was 85-90% of the dancing but I can tell you honestly that it was about 5% of the on-screen dancing.”
  2. MartinonMTV2

    MartinonMTV2 New Member

    Stunner that the actress would act and the dancer would dance.
  3. jr/shotglass

    jr/shotglass Well-Known Member

    This was the stand-in.


    Great lighting job, I hear.
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  4. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Stupid controversy.
  5. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Monday, March 28th 2011
    The Percentage Game Continues! Sarah Lane, the professional New York ballerina who was Natalie's ballet doubles in Black Swan, opened the doors to Pliégate when she said that the Oscar-winning Ivy League saint didn't do most of the full body moves in the movie. Natalie's choreographer Benjamin Millepied slapped at Sarah's claim and said that 85% of the dancing in the movie came from his fiancee's body. Sarah came back and said it was more like 5%.

    Now Black Swan's director Darren Aronofsky is joining the most boring math class ever and tells EW that his calculations show 80% to 90% of the dance shots are of Natalie herself. I'm just going to raise my hand and say that 100% of this ri-f'in-diculous, but let's let Darren go up to the Glenn Beck crazy chalk board and explain how he got to 80%.

    “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 80% 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.

    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.”

    Natalie better pop some Dramamine into her unborn baby's mouth, because she may have to throw down in a TWIRL OFF FOR HER LIFE before the Oscar Board of Governors! If Natalie wins, she gets to keep her OSCAH! If Sarah Lane wins, Natalie probably still gets to keep her Oscar because she won it for acting and not twirling.

    And Natalie was going to ask Sarah to do the pushing for her in her labor video, but she's totally changed her mind now!
  6. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    DEBKAfile doesn't have the answer?
  7. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Well, since this is out there, I did most of the stabbing and breaking things for Natalie in the move.
  8. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    As long as there wasn't a body double in the lesbian scenes with Mila, I could give a shit who did the dancing. :D
  9. NDub

    NDub Guest

    Portman has been defended by Aranofsky and Kunis.

    Loved this movie. The DVD shipped from Amazon HQ yesterday and I should have it by Friday.
  10. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    i'm guessing the dancer double won't be getting anymore film jobs. as for who danced how much? who cares, the lovely miss portman didn't win the oscar for her dancing abilities.
  11. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

  12. Deeper_Background

    Deeper_Background Active Member

    Dont mess with Portman, she'll cut ya!
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