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When Life Imitates Art: Natalie Portman's Perilous Night At The Ballet

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If Mila Kunis had just shown up sometime at the intermission, Darren Aronofsky could have plowed in with a crew and shot a Black Swan sequel!

On Tuesday evening, Natalie Portman put on her maternity best to accompany her baby daddy, Benjamin Millepied, to the opening of his new piece at the American Ballet Theater. It was big of her to agree to attend, considering the women she risked running into by going. The show features both Sarah Lane, Natalie's ballet body-double from Black Swan who not-so graciously threw Natalie under the bus a few months ago over the amount of dancing she did, and Benjamin's ex-girlfriend, Isabella Boylston, who Ben promptly dumped after meeting Natalie while working on Black Swan.

So not the drama - yeah right!

Thankfully, someone in the company had the foresight to ask Sarah to sit out of her her solo performance this particular evening, thus avoiding an awkward encounter that could have quickly gone awry. However, seeing as Isabella is the star of the ballet, there was no getting around seeing her at the theater. However, aside from the obvious tension, there was no reported drama between the ladies and their shared beau.

That's probably for the best. The last thing Natalie needs this close to her due date is stress. Girl's about to pop any second now!

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Natalie Portman's Black Swan Dancing Double Holds Her Ground

natalie portmans black swan dancing double stands her ground

We know, we know! It's hard to believe that Black Swan dancing drama continues…but alas, it does.

For those of you just tuning in, here's a brief recap…

Last month, Natalie Portman's Black Swan dancing double said that the actress only did 5% of the dancing, but Natalie refuted the claims, and got support from co-star Mila Kunis, the producers, and Darren Aronofsky himself.

Then, we saw a video of Natalie's dancing skillz from the early 90s, which led us to further believe that her Black Swan dancing was probs legit.

Now, despite everything, Portman's Black Swan dancing double Sarah Lane is standing her ground and saying that producers "asked her to be quiet about her role until after the Oscars."

Here's what she had to say about her role:

"Full body shots with actual dancing is me. That's why they hired me."

"He [one of the film's producers] asked if I would please not do any more interviews until after the Oscars because it was bad for Natalie's image. They were trying to create this image, this facade, really, that Natalie had done something extraordinary. Something that is pretty much impossible … to become a professional ballerina in a year and half."

Here's what Black Swan editor Andy Weisblum had to say in response:

"There are about 35 shots that are full body shots in the movie. Of those 35 shots, 12 are Natalie, and then the rest are Sarah. But over the overall film, Natalie did a lot more than that."

More from Lane:

"It really hurts for someone to say that they got a personal trainer and they became what I spent blood, sweat and tears doing every day, all my life, in just a year and a half."

As we've said before, we're sure that Sarah Lane is a wonderful dancer, but she needs to stop raining on Natalie's parade.

This argument was supposed to be over…it's beginning to seem more and more like Natalie's dancing double is just looking for attention.

Do U think Natalie Portman's Black Swan dancing double is just looking for attention? Or does she truly still believe Natalie only did 5% of the dancing in the film?

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Mila's Got Your Back, Natalie! Kunis Defends Portman's Black Swan Performance!


A-list actresses have to stick together.

It's been a rough week for poor Natalie Portman. She's come under some really heavy fire from her dance double on Black Swan, Sarah Lane, who insisted she did more of the actual dancing than Natalie. Lucky for Natalie, who is really too pregnant to have to deal with this kind of drama, her friends and costars are defending her performance.

Today, Mila Kunis spoke to sources to vehemently deny Sarah's claim that Natalie didn't put in as much effort as she. She told sources:

"Natalie danced her a** off. I think it's unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from [the praise] Natalie deserved and got…[Lane] wasn't used for everything. It was more like a safety net. If Nat wasn't able to do something, you'd have a safety net. The same thing that I had — I had a double as a safety net. We all did. No one ever denied it."

But no one ever said how much they were used either. Still, we're going with the majority on this one. Natalie is a very dedicated actress - we don't think she would ever let someone else do the work for her if she could do it herself.

Girl's just looking for some attention. Psht!

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Black Swan Producers Defend Natalie Portman


Producers of Black Swan are standing by Natalie Portman.

After the star's dance double, Sarah Lane, made claims that Natalie only performed around 5 percent of the full body shots in the film, saying that producers created a "facade that [Portman] had become a ballerina in a year and a half," Fox Searchlight has responded, releasing this statement:

"We were fortunate to have Sarah there to cover the more complicated dance sequences and we have nothing but praise for the hard work she did," the statement reads. "However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film."

Natalie's choreographer and baby daddy Benjamin Millipied insists that 85 percent of the dancing scenes were filmed with Natalie's body.

Hmm, we wonder who to believe? Maybe both sides are doing a slight bit of exaggeration.

We fell in love with Natalie's performance in the movie. It'd be a shame if it really was a facade.

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