Entertainment Movies

Friday 15 November 2019

Aronofsky defends Portman's dancing

Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar for her role in Black Swan
Natalie Portman won the best actress Oscar for her role in Black Swan

Darren Aronofsky has jumped to the defence of his leading lady Natalie Portman, following allegations that she didn't do the bulk of the ballet dancing in Black Swan.

Natalie's dance double Sarah Lane, an American Ballet Theatre soloist, claimed that only five percent of the shots were the Oscar-winning actress, telling Entertainment Weekly: "Of the full body shots, I would say five percent are Natalie - the shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie."

After doing his maths, the film's director replied to the magazine, saying: "Here is the reality. 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 percent Natalie Portman."

Darren confirmed Natalie also danced on pointe in pointe shoes in the final scene.

"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. 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," he continued.

Natalie's co-star Mila Kunis has also risen to the defence of her colleague.

"Natalie danced her a** off. She did do every ounce of every one of her dances. (Sarah) was more like a safety net," she said.

PA Media

Editors Choice

Also in Entertainment

Back to top