Aronofsky Ends Portman Dance Argument!

Aronofsky Ends Argument

First, let’s recap a bit.

There were rumors that Natalie Portman barely did any dancing for Black Swan. Her beau and trainer then stepped in and supported her with an 85% pro-Natalie claim.

Next, Natalie’s dance double rocks the boat with a bold statement that Portman only performed 5% of the dancing seen, and says she was told to keep quiet about it.

After that, producers of the film came out and supported the pro-Natalie movement. Mila even flexed her reinforcement.

Now, after all of this, the director Darren Aronofsky himself lays down the knowledge with very specific statistics of what actually is going on behind the dancing in Black Swan.

Here’s it is, in full, so there is no confusion any more:

“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 80% Natalie Portman. 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.

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. That is completely her without any digital magic. 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.”

That seem inarguable to us. For that to be incorrect, Darren would have to be blatantly lying to us. We’re inclined to believe him over anyone else, here.

So, Sarah Lane, what’s the deal? Is it jealousy after all?

We’re all sure you’re a wonderful dancer, and you’re in one of the best movies last year . That’s something to be proud of; no need to rain on Natalie’s parade!

[Image via WENN.]

Mar 29, 2011 3:20pm PDT

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