Natalie Portman Convinced She Was Going To Die During Black Swan

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While she might be happily pregnant and engaged to Benjamin Millepied today, Natalie Portman reveals how she feared she was going to die filming Black Swan due to the intense psychological stress of her role. “There were some nights that I thought I literally was going to die. It was the first time I understood how you could get so wrapped up in a role that it could sort of take you down,” Portman admitted. So basically half-way through shooting, the movie turned into a documentary? In that case, Benjamin might want to keep nail files out of the house, at least for now.

Even while filming, Swan cast and crew weren’t exactly sure how to attract viewers to what is essentially a blood-spattered ballet movie. Luckily, they figured out the true secret to great film making. “Everyone was so worried about who was going to want to see this movie. I remember them being like, ‘How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller?’ And the answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that,” Natalie claims. Forget the ingenious plot and beautiful cinematography. Now we know for sure that men and women, young and old alike, will all pile in the minivan to see two famous ladies get it on. Maybe now they can finally get that Susan B. Anthony biopic made!

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