'Black Swan' Dance Double Speaks Out

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Sarah Lane says "Black Swan" producers asked her to keep quiet on her role.


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i mean did anyone actually think Natalie was doing all of the dancing en pointe?

Author — R. Oyler

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I think it's crazy Natalie thanked hair and makeup and everyone else but not the actual dancer! Wow!!

Author — Jerry Lundegard

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It's not the fact that she didn't give the double praise. It's the fact that she didn't mention that she had one which lead people to believe that she'd done something extraordinary. The woman even said that she still thought Natalie deserved her Oscar as they are for acting not dancing and Natalie sis a superb job. It's just really disrespectful to the professional ballet dancers that put hours a day into the art form for someone to imply that they could do it all in a year and a half.

Author — Irene Hogan

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There should've been some credit mentioned, like how "we worked with Sarah Lane, a professional dancer and the ballet association to bring this movie to life" and then just leave it at that. A subtle credit mention would've been fair.

Author — SugarCoder - DIY Desserts & Crafts

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Why is everyone hating on this girl? She said herself that Natalie deserved to win, but she just wanted some recognition after they completely lied and said that Natalie did 90% of her dancing when she only did half,

Author — agizzy23

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She's speaking out because the claim that Natalie danced 90% of the scenes is preposterous and diminishing to the skill of professional ballerinas and to the art that is ballet as a whole. It was a film that could have educated people about ballet, instead it did the exact opposite.

Author — Filippa Larsson

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When you actually see natalie's face when she is dancing she is stiff as a piece of wood... so it was obvious she had a body double... what's the surprise..?

Author — RequiemFor America

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I knew there had to be a dance double. never once did I think Natalie did all that dancing herself and she should have given credit to miss Lane.

Author — Sultana Abdus-Salaam

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NO ONE CARES THAT THERE WAS A STUNT DOUBLE! People care that Portman lied and said she did all the stunts. The lie is the issue, not the presence of a stunt double.

Author — VanillaSlash

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There is no way in hell, or life, you can become a ballerina in a year and a bit.

Author — Hey Samara

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Where's Kanye when you need him? Lmfao

Author — Selasor R

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So much unnecessary anger towards Sarah. If she wanted rich and fame then ballet would have been the last career she would have gone into. 

Yes she was a stunt double and they know what they are signing up for. But most of the time actors admit when they haven't done their own stunts. The issue here is that not only are the film producers and promoters trying to claim that Natalie Portman has done all of the technical dancing that is in fact possible to have achieved in 18 months (it takes years just to become mediocre) but they are using this as a basis for her to get an oscar. Her acting in the role was brilliant enough but I suppose that as it was a ballet themed movie they needed to play up her dancing to make it more impressive.

Ballet can be a thankless career. They spend their lives training and facing competition and if they are lucky they get to dance in the corps. Those that do make the principal and soloist positions have short-lived careers as injuries and age creep up fast and then they retire as early as their late thirties. But they commit to it because they love it and thus I can imagine being equally as pissed if someone was being painted as having walked through an art form that you know takes a lifetime to develop.

Author — tigereyes5

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I think people are misinterpreting Sarah's point. She knew that she wouldn't get much credit for her role as a double, and she already got paid for this. The thing that bothers her is that people assumed that Natalie danced 90% of the film, and how people were acknowledging how Natalie became such an amazing ballerina just after a year when it degrades other ballet dancers who trained for 20+years. Natalie is a great dancer, she's been dancing for 6 years when she was a kid, however she doesn't deserve the recognition as an "outstanding ballerina" when she didn't go through half the training of an actual ballet dancer. 

Author — Aspen Ahraea Cho

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I'm a ballet dancer, I train a lot to get en pointe it takes many years to get the technical the artistry the strength to dance on your toes. It is really hard, dancers get blisters and callouses from dancing en pointe. When Natalie claimed she did most of the dancing it's an huge insult to the world of ballet, since everyone has trained many years just to get en pointe. The black and white swan pas de deux is very painful, you stay en pointe for very long, the impact on the pointe shoes and her toes while dancing the pas de deux it's painful even though she is a trained professional. She deserve credits, at least let people know she danced in it, instead of the producers saying most of it was Natalie, Natalie have credits to everyone but the dancer when the dancer deserve the most. I'm not saying Natalie does not deserve the Oscar, her acting skills is amazing, Sarah can't act like Natalie and Natalie can't dance like Sarah. Natalie and the producers should tell people the truth that she had a dance double from the start and not hide her. Sarah deserves the credits and Natalie deserves the oscars. I fully support Sarah and it was wrong to lie about Natalie's dancing since it is impossible to go en pointe in 1 year, you need at least 3 years of pre pointe for an adult and you can only go en pointe if you have the technical and strength. Sarah danced for 22 years, Natalie danced for maybe a little lesser than a year.

Author — dithyyy

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...actors almost always have doubles? Daniel Radcliffe had a couple for some of the most risky scenes in Harry Potter and actually one of them got involved into a horrible accident in the making of the movie (I think one of the lights fell or something like that) and lost the ability to walk. I'm not really fact checking so idk how exact I'm being but I know it was something like that. And still, very few people know about him. Being a double is a hard, unthankful job, really.
That being said, it was really shity to make a campaign around the fact that Natalie did most of the dancing when she obviously could never had. Ballet is hardcore as fuck, you can't just wing it.

Author — PolliitoAle

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Lane was satisfied with the credit she received as a stunt double, and knew the movie was a drama with an actress as the star. What she minded was the claim that Portman did 90% of the dancing simply because she was in 90% of the dancing shots. If the movie had been about a tightrope walker, and 90% of the tightrope walking shots had been of the starring actress on a plank seen from the waist up, no one would claim that the actress had done 90% of the stunt work. Some people in the producer's PR office deserve to lose their jobs over this. It must have been very unpleasant for Portman as well as for Lane.

Author — Shelagh McKenna

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I watched the film a few days ago, it still sent chills down my spine just like it did in the movie theather the first time, even after knowing the truth about the dancing. Natalie deserves her oscar because her acting was amazing and made the movie what it was, but Sarah should have got a lot more recognition for her work as well.

Author — Raúl Jara

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I never thought she did the dancing in the movie and anyone who thought that can't be very smart. There is no way that actress could get that good in only a year. The fact that they didn't give her credit sucks, Natalie at least should have said something.

Author — N Jones

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now the question is...who was Mila Kunis double?

Author — AbbieGirl46

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If Natalie was a decent human being she would have given her dance double credit.

Author — Serene Artist