One would think that Natalie Portman‘s Oscar for Black Swan would stop any and all discussions about the merits of her performance. It hasn’t. Last week, claims were made by Portman’s body double in the film, Sarah Lane, that only 5% of the full body shots in the film were Portman. That was in direct opposition to what Black Swan choreographer and Portman’s future husband Benjamin Millepied said. He claimed 85% of the film was Portman. Now, Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has come out to defend his Oscar-winning actress by backing up Millepied’s claim. Read Aronofksy’s statement and more after the break. Read More »

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One of the most impressive elements about Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is Natalie Portman’s Oscar-winning performance. Not only does Portman grippingly capture the mental disintegration of her character, she also trained for months to be able to convincingly take on the role of a star ballerina. A body double for Portman was used for some scenes, but in a recent LA Times piece, Black Swan choreographer and future Portman husband Benjamin Millepied responded to the body double scuttlebutt by claiming that “85% of that movie is Natalie.”

Portman’s body double, Sarah Lane, has now publicly refuted those claims, saying that Portman’s work only accounts for 5 percent of what you see in the full-body dance scenes in Black Swan.
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