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Black Swan Almost Killed Natalie Portman

“It was the first time I understood how you could get so wrapped up in a role that it could sort of take you down,” Natalie Portman explained in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “There were some nights that I thought I literally was going to die.”

Portman revealed this and more details of what it was like to film Black Swan, a unique thriller set in the mysterious world of the professional ballet.

The actress trained for the role, in which she plays professional ballet dancer Nina, for one year. She lost a great deal of weight, fell in love and delivered a performance that’s making many critics take notice. She is currently nominated for a Golden Globe for her work in the film.

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"Everyone was so worried about who was going to want to see this movie," she explained. "I remember them being like, 'How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller?' And the answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that." That much talked-about scene takes place with co-star Mila Kunis, who plays a rival ballerina in the film.

Black Swan is currently in theaters nationwide.

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