“Black Swan” Director Defends Natalie Portman

Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky has come to the defense of Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman after her body double in the film recently came out to claim that the actress only did “5 percent” of the dance scenes in the ballerina psychological thriller.

In a statement, Aronofsky denied professional dancer Sarah Lane‘s claims. “Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 80% Natalie Portman,” Aronofsky said. “And to be clear Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes. If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe.”

Earlier, Lane, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, said: “On the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie… 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.”