Although Black Swan was released months ago and Natalie Portman earned countless accolades including the Golden Globe Award and Oscar for her mesmerizing performance, lately she’s been criticized about the legitimacy of her dance moves! Quick to defend her ballerina chops, her fiance Benjamin Millipied squashes the notion that a body double was used for most of the film.
Benjamin told the Los Angeles Times (via PopEater), “There are articles now talking about her dance double [American Ballet Theatre dancer Sarah Lane] that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettes, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio.”
Considering he was the choreographer and also danced in the movie, Benjamin knows a thing or two about dancing. He attested, “Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie.” Plus, she trained as a ballerina for an entire year before filming. He added, “It was so believable, it was fantastic, that beautiful movement quality.”