Written By Rana G on Sunday, March 27, 2011 | 6:39 AM
Because she worked so much learning all those ballerina moves for 'Black Swan'. But it turns out the actress was doubled during those moments. "Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie. All the other shots are me", Sarah Lane, the professional dancer who worked as Portman's double told Entertainment Weekly. Apparently, the 27-year-old American Ballet Theatre soloist performed most of the film's complicated dance sequences. Later, Portman's face was digitally grafted onto her body.
Meanwhile, Portman's fiance and 'Black Swan' choreographer Benjamin Millepied is taking Portman's side. "There are articles now talking about her dance double [Lane] that are making it sound like [she] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettes, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio. Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie", he told L.A. Times.
"The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie. But that doesn't show the actual dancing", Lane reacts.
Why is Lane speaking now? Because she was disappointed to see herself barely credited for the role.