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Natalie Portman’s ‘Black Swan’ Dance Double Won't Let it Go

Black Swan dance double Sarah Lane is speaking out once again about the amount of dancing she claims Oscar-winner Natalie Portman did in the movie.

Lane, a soloist with the American Ballet Theatre, has given her first TV interview over the contriversy, and still maintains that she did most of the dancing in the Darren Aronofsky-directed flick.

Lane alleges that after she spoke to Glamour magazine about her part in the movie, she received a call from one of the film’s producers ordering her to stay quiet.

“He asked if I would please not do any more interviews until after the Oscars because it was bad for Natalie’s image,” she told ABC News’ 20/20.

“They were trying to create this image, this facade, really, that Natalie had done something extraordinary. Something that is pretty much impossible…to become a professional ballerina in a year and half,” she said.

“Even with as hard as she worked, it takes so much more. It takes twenty-two years, it takes thirty years to become a ballerina.”

She continued: “There’s so much emotionally that goes into motivating yourself and being able to physically push yourself to reach a certain level, that you have to reach to be a professional ballerina with one of the biggest ballet companies in the world and to sustain that standard over a whole career,” Lane said.

“I’ve been doing this for 22 years, and to say that someone trained for a year and a half and did what I did is degrading not only to me but to the entire ballet world.”

Aronofsky has refuted her claims. In a statement to the programme, he said: “Here is the reality. I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film – 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. Twenty-eight are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math, that’s 80 percent Natalie Portman.”

As for being omitted from Portman’s Oscar speech, Lane said she wasn’t surprised.

“I expected it because at that point I knew,” she said.

“I did wish that she could have said something nice about ballet itself instead of saying that it was so horrible and she’s so glad she’s done with it.”

Despite the controversy, Lane says Portman deserved the accolade for her performance.

“I think she’s a really beautiful actress. I loved working with her and I definitely think she deserves it,” she said. “I’m just speaking because they’re completely lying about the amount of dancing that Natalie did in the movie.”

Over to you, Portman. Not that she’s likely to pipe up about the stink again, mind. She’s already been there.

I had a chance to make something beautiful with this film, and I don’t want to give in to the gossip,” she recently told E! News.

Watch a portion of Lane’s interview here.


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