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Looks like some people want to take Natalie Portman down a notch because her ballerina body double, Sarah Lane says Natalie only did 5 percent of the full body shots featured in the film. Did Natalie say she did all of her dancing, why there is such a ruckus! Lane says that there has been a ‘cover-up’ to make it seem like Natalie did most of her own dancing!
Sarah Lane sat down withÂ EntertainmentÂ Weekly,
â€œOf the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie,â€ says Sarah Lane, 27, an American Ballet Theatre soloist who performed many of the filmâ€™s complicated dance sequences, allowing Portmanâ€™s face to be digitally grafted onto her body. â€œAll the other shots are me.â€
Laneâ€™s claim follows a March 23 L.A. Times article in which Portmanâ€™s fiancÃ© and Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied said Laneâ€™s work in the film was far less significant. â€œThere are articles now talking about her dance double [American Ballet Theatre dancer Sarah Lane] that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettÃ©s, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio,â€ he said. â€œHonestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie.â€
Lane disagrees. â€œThe shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie,â€ she says. â€œBut that doesnâ€™t show the actual dancing.â€ 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 â€œHand Model,â€ â€œStunt Double,â€ and â€œLady in the Laneâ€ (a brief walk-on role).
â€œThey wanted to create this idea in peopleâ€™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,â€ says Lane. â€œIt is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. Iâ€™ve been doing this for 22 yearsâ€¦. Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if youâ€™re a movie star?â€
According to Lane, Portmanâ€™s dramatic transformation into a ballerina â€” a narrative firmly at the center of her successful Oscar campaign â€” wasnâ€™t as impressive as the public was led to believe. â€œI mean, from a professional dancerâ€™s standpoint, she doesnâ€™t look like a professional ballet dancer at all and she canâ€™t dance in pointe shoes. And she canâ€™t move her body; sheâ€™s very stiff,â€ says Lane. â€œI do give her a lot of credit because in a year and a half she lost a lot of weight and she really tried to go method and get into a dancers head and really feel like a ballet dancer.â€
In interviews, Portman didnâ€™t hide the fact that she had used a body double for key sequences in the film, though Laneâ€™s name, and the extent of her work, were played down. â€œI do have a double for the complicated turning stuff,â€ Portman told EW last November. â€œIt was not anything I ever could have done in a year, nothing I couldâ€™ve caught up with. But I think it was just better for all of us if I did as much as possible.â€
Lane insists she isnâ€™t speaking out of jealousy over Portmanâ€™s acclaim. â€œ[Natalie] is an amazing actress, for sure,â€ she says. â€œI know that itâ€™s not a personal thing against me. I know that itâ€™s just a political thing. Itâ€™s just unfortunate that I kind of lost credit.â€
Natalie does admit to a body double…so do you believe the ballerina? Did Natalie only do 5 percent ofÂ theÂ full body shots?
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