The fact that she won an Oscar for her role still hasn’t convinced people she’s capable. Natalie Portman has of late been criticized about her dancing in Black Swan, with naysayers suggesting she didn’t give as much credit as she should have to her dance double, Sarah Lane. Lane even told ONTD, “They were trying to create this façade that she had become a ballerina in a year and a half. So I knew they didn’t want to publicize anything about me.” The denunciation has been steady even though Natalie repeatedly spoke about her grueling preparation for the role, even saying that at some points, she thought she, “literally was going to die.”
Her fiance-babydaddy-choreographer Benjamin Millepied has come to Natalie’s defense saying, “Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie”. He dismisses all the rumors of her not putting in the work, telling LA Times, “There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio.” He even admits that he had to choreograph pieces to make the dancing more “fluid and less complicated. By getting more movement going, which in turn added to the camera movement — that is basically what I did.”
That makes sense to us. When we read the countless interviews that Portman gave, it didn’t sound like she had turned into an expert. It sounded like she could barely keep up! In fact, Natalie’s “evil” body-dance double Kimberly Prosa defended Natalie’s dancing saying, “She definitely put her work in. Just in a couple of months, she looked credible — all the dancers on the set were really impressed at how well she pulled that off — it was pretty amazing.” So is all this fuss about Natalie’s integrity warranted or not?
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