Mila Kunis: 'Natalie Danced Her A** Off' in 'Black Swan'
Last week, dancer Sarah Lane, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, claimed that she had provided most of the footwork for which Portman was credited. "Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie," said Lane. "All the other shots are me."
Kunis vehemently denies Lane's report, saying, "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."
During the film's production, Portman admitted, "I do have a double for the complicated turning stuff. It was not anything I ever could have done in a year, nothing I could've caught up with. But I think it was just better for all of us if I did as much as possible." She does not admit, however, to relying on her dance double to the extent Lane claims.
"[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," says Kunis. "The same thing that I had -- I had a double as a safety net. We all did. No one ever denied it."
'Black Swan' director Darren Aronofsky has also spoken out on the controversy, saying, "There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. ... 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."
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