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:yes: Dying for a swan-related thread since I saw this flock of well over twenty (take that, Sibelius) in Portobello the other day:




might pass this on, there's a sad looking single swan meandering up and down Chester canal, not bad looking at all, i recon he might score with one of these beauties no bother

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  • 4 months later...

Portman did 5% of the dancing


Doesn't really matter to me. She's not a ballet dancer, so I wouldn't expect her to have done all of it - just like in the lez scene I don't expect them to be really doing it...


A Hollywood studio has denied claims by a ballet dancer that Natalie Portman performed only a small proportion of the dance moves for her Academy Award-winning performance in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan.


American Ballet Theatre soloist Sarah Lane, Portman's ballet double for the psychological thriller, said at the weekend that she had been the victim of a cover-up designed to help Portman's Oscar chances by convincing voters the actor had learned to dance like a professional soloist in just a few months.


"We were fortunate to have Sarah there to cover the more complicated dance sequences and we have nothing but praise for the hard work she did," said studio Fox Searchlight in a statement. "However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film."


Lane earlier told Entertainment Weekly that film-makers had digitally grafted Portman's face onto her body for many of the complicated moves.


"On the full body shots, I would say 5% are Natalie," Lane said, adding: "all the other shots are me."


She continued: "They wanted to create this idea in people's minds that Natalie was some kind of prodigy or so gifted in dance and really worked so hard to make herself a ballerina in a year and a half or the movie, basically because of the Oscar.


"It is demeaning to the profession and just to me. I've been doing this for 22 years ... Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you're a movie star?"


"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."


The dancer's comments came in response to an LA Times interview with the actor's choreographer partner Benjamin Millepied last week in which the latter suggested that Portman had performed most of the vital dance moves.


"It was so believable, it was fantastic, that beautiful movement quality, " said Millepied. "There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like she did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio. Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie."


Portman herself has refused to comment on the controversy. However, she told Entertainment Weekly in November that she had tried to do "as much as possible".


"I do have a double for the complicated turning stuff,' she said. "It was not anything I ever could have done in a year, nothing I could've caught up with. But I think it was just better for all of us if I did as much as possible."

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This comes as a huge shock to me. I thought she'd won the (best Actress) Oscar because rather than acting, she miraculously learned to do in a few months what it takes people years to learn. :rolleyes: Which wouldn't really be acting then.. Anyway she won the Oscar for her portrayal as a mentalist rather than for dancing scenes. Horribly over-rated movie though.

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