Sarah Lane, who was the “real” ballerina in the Black Swan movie, has come out and bashed Natalie Portman now. Is this bashing of Natalie’s dancing skills being done now, simply because the Oscar Awards are over? Was everyone under a gag order until Natalie could win or what?
Sarah disputes Natalie’s fiance’s claims that Natalie did 85% of the dancing in the film. She says no way and what Natalie is seen doing is digital imaging!
“The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie,” she says. “But that doesn’t show the actual dancing.” Lane admits that she was never promised a particular title for her six weeks of work on the film, though she was disappointed to see that she is credited only as as “Hand Model,” “Stunt Double,” and “Lady in the Lane” (a brief walk-on role).
Lane also says that Black Swan producer Ari Handel specifically told her not to talk about her work to the press, even though she claims there was no such stipulation in her contract. “They wanted to create this idea in people’s minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar,” says Lane.
Wow. Do you think the Academy will come out and make a statement about this, since it seems to be big news? Would Natalie have won if these interviews were printed before the awards were handed out?
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