Sarah Lane 311.
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Sarah Lane, the prima ballerina who danced many of Israeli-born Natalie Portman's scenes in Black Swan, has said that the reports of the actress's dancing ability have been greatly exaggerated.
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Aronofsky has asserted nearly 80 percent of the film's dance scenes feature Portman herself. In the run-up to this year's Academy Awards, much was made of the fact that Portman underwent extensive ballet training for a year and a half prior to filming, losing 20 pounds and committing extensive time and focus to transforming her figure and technique.
In an interview with ABC's 20/20
, Lane stated that it was she, and not Portman, who appears in the majority of the film's dance scenes.
"Full body shots with actual dancing are me," she told ABC's Elizabeth Vargas. "That's why they hired me."
Lane, who is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theater, told
Vargas that the only way Aronofsky could support his assertion of
Portman's appearance in 80 percent of the dance scenes is if he counts
close-up and face shots.
She said she was speaking out not to condemn Portman, who she believes
deserved the Oscar for her acting ability alone, but rather to contest
the idea that one can become a professional ballerina in a matter of
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"[Statements such as Aronofsky's] threaten the entire principle of ballet, then I feel like I need to say something," she said.
While the number of scenes featuring Lane remains contested, Black Swan
production team has always said they used dance doubles in the film.
Sophisticated editing technology was applied in the post-production
phase to superimpose Portman's face onto Lane's body.
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