The professional dancer who worked as Natalie Portman's dance double for the Academy Award-nominated film, 'Black Swan,' is claiming she's the victim of a "cover-up," Entertainment Weekly reports. The ballerina told the magazine the film and its producers are misleading the public about how much dancing Portman actually did in the movie. (Sounds like a lil' jealousy brewing)
"Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie," says Sarah Lane, 27, an American Ballet Theatre soloist. "All the other shots are me." Lane performed most of the film's complicated dance sequences and allowed Portman's face to be digitally grafted onto her body.
In a L.A. Times article published earlier this week, Portman's fiancé and 'Black Swan' choreographer Benjamin Millepied said otherwise. "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 fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio," he said. "Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie."
But Lane doesn't agree. "The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie," she said. "But that doesn't show the actual dancing."
Lane confessed she was never promised specific billing for her role but was disappointed to see herself barely credited: she is only acknowledged as "Hand Model," "Stunt Double," and "Lady in the Lane" (a brief walk-on role).
One of Lane's most blabber mouth moments was that 'Black Swan' producer Ari Handel asked her not to talk about her work to the press. "They wanted to create this idea in people's minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half for the movie, basically because of the Oscar," Lane said.
"It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I've been doing this for 22 years.... Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you're a movie star?"
To her credit, Portman never hid the fact she had a double. "I do have a double for the complicated turning stuff," Portman told press last year. "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." So come on Sarah what is the real reason for you telling everyone this "Shhhhhhh info". You did a job you signed a contract you got a check in a Oscar winning movie.