Black Swan Director Defends Natalie Portman’s Creepy Dancing Using Math


Making a good scary movie always seems like a science. Turns out, it’s actually math. After her dance double Sarah Lane questioned Natalie Portman’s dance ability, director Darren Aronofsky defends Portman’s dancing, rushing to the Academy-Award winner’s defense and declaring that yes, that was Portman skittering across the screen on terrifying, emaciated legs. More over, Aronofsky can prove it on his calculator! “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,” Aronofsky said in a statement. “What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman.” Since we had our hands over our eyes during that other 10%, one could argue that it barely counts!

Lane’s critique of Portman’s skills ran counter to stories of punishing eight-hour-long rehearsals for Black Swan, but the man in the director’s chair says it was almost pure Portman. “I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor. Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is,” Aronofsky claims. Let’s see: one perfect performance plus one room filled with talking portraits minus one bloody nail file. Yup, it all adds up to Natalie deserving that Oscar 100%.

[Photo: Getty Images]

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