Mean Betty on the Newest Black Swan Controversy
Natalie Portman’s body double says Nat can’t dance!
Kittens, have you watched Black Swan yet? Mean Betty loves watching Natalie Portman dance. She loves it so much, the pool boy came up with the bestest drinking game ever! You see, every time Natalie dances or freaks out in the film, you do a shot! So fun!
Kittens, Meanie is now thinking of changing the rules of the drinking game. The new rules might be that every time Meanie hears another bit of Black Swan controversy, she and the group shall drink.
First Meanie had to endure the Mullavey sisters who created Rodarte whining about how they didn’t get credit for costume design. Now, Natalie Portman’s body double, dancer Sarah Lane, says the fancy footwork is all hers. Lane’s a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre company. Funny, that’s the position Nat had in the movie. Lane told Entertainment Weekly, “Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie…All the other shots are me.”
Kittens, we know that Natalie’s an actor, not a dancer. We also know that she trained for over a year before they shot the movie. No, Natalie didn’t suddenly become a professional ballerina and has stated that she did have a body double. “I do have a double for the complicated turning stuff,” Portman told EW last November. “It was not anything I ever could have done in a year, nothing I could’ve caught up with. But I think it was just better for all of us if I did as much as possible.”
In the face of Sarah Lane’s claims, the troops are coming to Nat’s rescue. Director Daniel Aronofsky told Entertainmet Weekly, “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. “
Mila Kunis, Nat’s co-star also got into the fray! She told Popeater, “Natalie danced her a** off. I think it’s unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from [the praise] Natalie deserved and got.”
So why is Sarah kicking up a fuss? ‘Cause everyone wants to be a star, kittens! Lane claims that she was told not to talk about what she did in the film. She did get credit — actually three credits (!). If you are bored enough to read all the credits in the movie, Lane is listed as “hand model,” “stunt double,” and “Lady in the lane.”
Meanie wonders … why is it now that Lane is publicly complaining about not getting enough credit and knocking Natalie’s dance prowess? Is it time for Lane to renegotiate her contract with ABT? Does she want more money from the movie’s producers? Does she have something against Natalie?
My little ewe lambs, it appears that everyone connected to the movie is now screaming, “me, me, me!” The butler and the poolboy started a betting pool on who’s going to go the press next. Meanie thinks it’s going to be the toe shoes manufacturer. She’s got an extra large margarita riding on the bet!