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Natalie Portman or body double: who cares?

The prima ballerina used as a dance double for Natalie Portman in the movie ‘Black Swan’ is upset and wants the world to know that she did most of the legwork.

So Sarah Lane, a soloist with the American Ballet Theater, went on ABC’s 20/20  Friday night to expose that she was told to keep her mouth shut, that producers were trying to make it seem as if Portman became a ballerina within a year.

“They’re trying to create this image – this facade really – that Natalie had done something extraordinary, something that’s pretty much impossible,” she said in the interview.

It seems she became inflamed when director Darren Aronofsky said publicly that Portman did about 80 percent of the dance shots in the movie.

“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 percent Natalie Portman,”  he said in a statement released by Fox Searchlight Studios.

Lane has now blown the lid on Hollywood special effects technology.  OMG: do you think that’s how they might get away with using stuntmen in action movies?  Next, you’re going to tell me  Geoffrey Rush and Adrien Brody didn’t play the piano in every shot in their Oscar-winning roles Shine and The Pianist. Read the rest of this entry »