More Talk About “Black Swan” Dancing Scenes
The Academy Award-winning film Black Swan is still in headlines as everyone tries to figure out how much Natalie Portman put her dance skills to work.
She began her strict ballet training for the movie one year before filming by putting hours of work in the studio daily.
The film, if you haven’t seen it yet, is amazing and her Oscar for Best Actress is well-deserved.
Now, why many have begun to wonder how much she performed the more technical dance movements is beyond me, but it may be a result of backlash from her dance double.
Her dance double Sarah Lane, recently claimed that she had done 95% of the actual dancing in the film.
Lane told Entertainment Weekly, “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?”
The director of the film, Darren Aronofsky, finally fired back:
“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.”
Either way, Natalie Portman needs to be given tons of credit for training for an entire year prior to working on the film. You can see that she is extremely talented and was clearly capable of pulling off a great performance. @SelenaBailey