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Natalie Portman Slammed for Using a Double in ‘Black Swan’

March 27, 2011 by Rosa Comments Off on Natalie Portman Slammed for Using a Double in ‘Black Swan’ divider image

Natalie Portman is being criticized for using a body double many times during her performance in ‘Black Swan’ for which she won an Oscar for best actress.

It all began when Editor in Chief of Dance Magazine said that not enough credit was given to Portman’s body double who had to perform many of the difficult scenes in the movie. The body double she’s referring to is Sarah Lane, a ballerina with the American Ballet Theater, who told Dance Magazine in December, “They were trying to create this facade that she had become a ballerina in a year-and-a-half,”, and added, “I had to do the black swan coda—16 piqué turns following tracking marks on the floor pulling into 16 fouettés onstage at Purchase College.”

More recently, she told Glamour about her role, “The full-body shots, the feet, the turns…that’s all me,” according to the Wall Street Journal.  According to US Magazine, Lane also claimed that executives at Fox Searchlight told her to stop speaking publicly about her role, so that Portman could take all the credit.

As a response, Fox issued the following statement about Portman’s dancing, “We stand by Natalie’s performance, hard work and dedication to the role,” according to the WSJ.

Portman’s fiancé and ‘Black Swan’ choreographer, Benjamin Millepied also came out in her defense, telling the LA Times, “There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like [her body double] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettés, and one diagonal phrase in the studio. Honestly, 85 per cent of that movie is Natalie.”

The choreographer added, “[I made] things fluid and not too complicated. By getting more movement going, which in turn added to the camera movement – that is basically what I did. If we had kept things more classical, more restrained, less fluid, it would have been harder to trick the eye.”

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