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Tuesday March 29, 2011 1:36 am

Black Swan Battle: Director Jumps Into the Arena

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Movies, Child Stars, Rivalries, Rumors,

Natalie Portman -- Black Sawn

The Swangate scandal continues. Professional ballet dancer and Natalie Portman dancing double Sarah Lane is continuing to ruffle feathers with her claims that the Oscar winner barely danced in her award-winning film Black Swan, and now director Darren Aronofsky has joined the fray.

Lane has been very vocal with her claims that she did most of the dancing being featured in the film, though Portman’s husband-to-be and dance instructor Benjamin Millipied and Fox Searchlight have both gone public to say most of the moves onscreen are all Natalie. In a controversial move, videos that appeared on YouTube showing some CGI face-replacement (in which Portman’s face was laid on top of Sarah’s during dance sequences) have magically disappeared due to copyright infringement.

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So, what’s director Aronofsky got to say about it? “Here is the reality: I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. One hundred and eleven are Natalie Portman untouched. Twenty-eight are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do that math that’s 80% Natalie Portman.” We don’t dare do math, however, so we can’t verify that statement.

The director added, “The shots that feature the double [Lane] are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second.” However he did say that “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.”

“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.”

Sarah Lane contends that she was purposefully and improperly credited in the film as an extra, and says that she was asked to stop giving interviews. Who’d she tell that to? The Wall Street Journal, of course.

“I…want people to know that you cannot absolutely become a professional ballet dancer in a year and a half, no matter how hard you work,” she explained. “Ballet dancers don’t get the credit they deserve.” Lane has been a pro dancer for 22 years.

Lane contends that she’s been victimized by a cover-up, which was put into place in order to help Portman secure her Oscar win. “I had read a lot of articles that Natalie [Portman] had done where she said she did 90% of the dancing. And never mentioned my name once. Nobody ever mentioned my name hardly ever.”

Well, honey, they certainly are mentioning it now.



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