Sarah Lane : Natalie Portman Did ‘5 Percent’ of ‘Black Swan’ Dancing | Natalie Portman and the ‘Black Swan’ dance controversy
The nasty post-Oscar battle between Natalie Portman and her dancing double, Sarah Lane, over who did what on the “Black Swan” dance floor is a flashback to the 1983 dance blockbuster “Flashdance,” which was panned by critics but a box office smash.
Both movies featured dance doubles that felt snubbed. The only difference seems to be the Oscar.
Lane, a soloist with the with the American Ballet Theatre and Natalie Portman’s dancing double for “Black Swan,” has spoken out to let everyone know that she did the tricky stuff.
She told “Entertainment Weekly” that the public has been mislead about how much twirling Portman did in the film.
“On the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie,” Lane said. “I mean, from a professional dancer’s standpoint, she doesn’t look like a professional ballet dancer at all and she can’t dance in pointe shoes. And she can’t move her body, she’s very stiff.”
The ballerina’s comments were in response to an interview that Portman’s fiance and choreogapher Benjamin Millepied gave to the Los Angeles Times.
“There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like (Lane) did a lot of the work but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettes, and one diagonal in the studio,” Millepied said. “Honestly, 85 percent of that movie was Natalie.”
Portman has kept quiet since the war of words began last week, but she was very candid about using a dance double for the complicated routines in interviews before the Oscars.
It seems that this is all about credit. Lane told EW that she was never promised a particular title for her work, but was disappointed that when the credits rolled she was credited as a “Hand Model,” “Stunt Double,” and “Lady in the Lane.”
She also said she was told by a producer not to talk to the press.
The filmmakers at Fox Searchlight challenged Lane’s assertions in statement released over the weekend.
“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 said. “However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the film.”