Darren Aronofsky Comes to Detailed Defense of Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman has been accused of contributing to a cover-up involving her participating in Black Swan.

Sarah Lane, the classically-trained dancer who served as Portman's double in this Oscar-winning film, says she appeared in 95 percent of the full body shots throughout the movie, creating an uproar that director Darren Aronofsky is out to quell.

Natalie Portman at the Oscars

In a statement he released to Fox Searchlight, Aronofsky comes to his star's specific defense, writing:

"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... Even so, if we were judging by time, over 90% would be Natalie Portman."

In the end, the director is seeking to put an end to any controversy, concluding: "Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance."


Oh, continue with the quotes, what about what the editor of the movie said, bc what the director is saying is BS, seen this quote out there, but then there's the other quotes from the actual movie EDITOR/Producers,etc. come on, quit slanting it! It was a coverup, but I love portman's acting nontheless.

Jennifer miller

I thought this movie was too sexual. I was looking for more action.


Are the media that stupid? It's even in the article.
Sarah refers to full body shots. Darren's numbers are pointless since we already know most of the dancing shown in the movie is above the waist arm flapping stuff.


sarah lane is tryin to get her 15 minute fame..not in a good way...wat a bitch...i would like to say somethin to her....hey ur one trashy whore...forget abt dancing who cares...natalie is an excellent actress...sorry u r one ugly broad...


Tina, Natalie Portman was a trained ballerina before she became an adult actress. As she stated in one of her interviews "I picked up training where I left off"


Who cares. As Dr. McCoy would say "She's am actress damn it not a dancer"


It is physically IMPOSSIBLE for an adult woman to train in ballet to this extent of ability in 1 1/2 yrs.IMPOSSIBLE.There is years and years of extensive strength building involved that must begin in early childhood to gain this sort of fluidity and grace and strength in ballet.Arm positions and simple pirouettes and the warm up stretches are all about what Ms. Portman did in this movie. There is NO way possible she could have trained to dance en pointe in one year and half. NO WAY. And no, I do not deny her acting ability and her deserving the award she's been given for acting in this movie. She is to be commended. However a big part of the movie was watching the beauty of the dance...which in all cases came strictly from the dance body double...I didn't even know her name...all I know is she dances like an angel and deserves recgnition of some type. The least Natalie could have done was give credit where credit is due to Sarah Lane.


The movie WOULD have been BETTER If they weren't so focused on making it so sexual. I was looking for a thriller... not a porno. Was so dissapointed.


I can easily believe that there will be other movies where Sarah Lane might be a * star, but other than her fancy footwork when Needed,The Black Swan remains the Oscar Winning Baby of Natalie Portman. Sour grapes become bad raisins when you know that you are hired as a body double,and then you end up wanting the part that you played to get full recognition as *the star!!


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