‘Black Swan’ Director and Co-Stars Defend Natalie Portman

By Ellen Stodola,
The debate over how much dancing Portman did in the film continues

Earlier this week, reports were released that featured a backup dancer in Black Swan accusing Natalie Portman of only doing five percent of the dancing in the film. Statements are now emerging that defend the acclaimed actress, saying that she did most of the hard work for the film.

One of the most valid opinions and one with the most credibility comes from director Darren Aronofsky, who would have a lot of behind-the-scenes knowledge of what actually went on.

MTV reports that Aronofsky released a statement defending Portman. He admits to going back to look at the shots of the film, and based on both shots and sequences that were used, it seems that Portman is used in 80 percent to 90 percent of the footage.

Portman’s co-star, Mila Kunis, also stepped up to defend the award-winning actress. The Hollywood Gossip notes that none of the actors of the film were trying to hide the fact that they had dance doubles to help them through the harder moves.

Kunis calls the doubling a “safety net” in case something was too hard, and she says that Portman did every part of her dances and really put a lot of effort into it.



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