Natalie Portman was left in agony after she "dislocated a rib" on the set of new movie Black Swan - because producers couldn't afford an on-site medic.
The 29-year-old actress, who plays a ballerina in the Darren Aronofsky film, spent up to eight hours a day in dance training to make her portrayal believable. Portman appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night (11/22), revealing the sidesplitting pain she suffered after a lift went wrong. She said,
"I injured a rib, I, like, dislocated a rib; it sort of went under another one, when you get lifted... it just sort of went under."
But there was no one on set to tend to her injury - because the film's budget didn't stretch to include an on-call doctor. She added:
"It's funny because when I got injured, I called the producer; I was, like, 'Could you get the medic? I need an ice pack or something right now,' and he was, like, 'Oh, we don't have a medic because it's super low budget.'
"I have been working for, like, twenty years. I don't even think that's legal. I was, like, 'before you take away a medic, take away my trailer,' and the next day, I didn't have a trailer, I swear to God!"