Earlier this week, Natalie Portman‘s dance double for Black Swan, principal dancer at ABT, Sarah Lane, spoke out against the Oscar-winning actress and FOX Searchlight Films, claiming she was part of a cover up for the film. Following the comments, the film’s choreographer and Natalie’s fiance, Benjamin Millepied, came forward defending the actress, along with a second dance double for the film.
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Lane told Entertainment Weekly:
â€œThey wanted to create this idea in peopleâ€™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. Iâ€™ve been doing this for 22 yearsâ€¦. Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if youâ€™re a movie star?â€
â€œI mean, from a professional dancerâ€™s standpoint, she doesnâ€™t look like a professional ballet dancer at all and she canâ€™t dance in pointe shoes. And she canâ€™t move her body; sheâ€™s very stiff,â€
This weekend, in response to the controversy, FOX Searchlight released a statement, saying:
â€œWe were fortunate to have Sarah there to cover the more complicated dance sequences and we have nothing but praise for the hard work she did. However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film,”
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Will we ever know the truth? Probably not. But if you’ve seen the movie, you can tell where Portman is dancing and where’s she not. And it’s not like she’s denying that she had a double. What’s the big deal, Lane? Jealous?