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Saturday, April 09, 2011

Natalie Portman Stays (Mostly) Silent on 'Black Swan' Controversy

Ahead of the release of "Your Highness," out today, Natalie Portman talked about many things, like her upcoming baby and her views on marijuana ("I love stoner comedies. I smoked weed in college, but I haven't smoked in years," she told Entertainment Weekly).
But the one thing she's remained tight-lipped about is the controversy around her "Black Swan" dancing double, Sarah Lane, who said last month that she did the work that won Portman a best-actress Oscar for her starring role in the film.
"I had a chance to make something beautiful with this film, and I don't want to give in to the gossip," Portman told E! News Wednesday when asked about Lane. One of Lane's gripes is that Portman didn't thank her in her Oscar acceptance speech, but Portman said she doesn't "remember my Oscar speech at all, and I'm actually too embarrassed to watch it."
In March, Lane, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, told Entertainment Weekly that the public had been misled about how much dancing Portman did in "Black Swan."
"On the full-body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie," Lane said. "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."
Lane lamented how she was listed in the credits as an extra rather than a dancing double. She also said producers from the film asked her to stop giving interviews before the Oscars. After her comments made headlines, she wrote a blog for the Wall Street Journal clarifying her point that Portman's limited training did not equip her to portray a pro ballerina.
"I'm not trying to instigate conflict here," Lane wrote. "The truth is that no one, not Natalie Portman, or even myself can come anywhere close to the level of a professional ballerina in a year and a half. Period."

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