Claims have been made by Natalie Portman‘s Black Swan dance double that she didn’t do the majority of her dance scenes, but director Darren Aronofsky is defending “his actor” against the claims.
“On the full body shots, I would say five percent are Natalie,” Sarah recently told Entertainment Weekly.
Well, turns out they were both wrong, according to Black Swan‘s director.
“Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. 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 75 percent Natalie Portman,” Darren said in a statement (via Entertainment Weekly). “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 percent would be Natalie Portman.”
Sarah also made the claim to EW that, “I mean, from a professional dancer’s standpoint, she doesn’t look like a professional ballet dancer at all and she can’t dance in pointe shoes. And she can’t move her body, she’s very stiff.”
Darren has a response for that too.
“And to be clear Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes. If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe,” he explained. “That is completely her without any digital magic.”
“I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor, “Darren added. “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.”