Sarah Lane was Natalie Portman’s body double in Black Swan and she has told Entertainment Weekly that only five percent of the body shots taken were actually of Portman’s body:
“Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie… 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.”
Whereas Portman’s fiance, the choreographer of Black Swan Benjamin Millipied, told the L.A. Times:
“There are articles now talking about her dance double [Sarah Lane] that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work … Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie.”
Isn’t it expected that as a stunt double or body double that the credit is going to go to the actor/actress that actually played the role?
CinemaBlend makes a valid argument:
Sarah Lane would have every right to be pissed off if Portman and company were claiming no body double was used, but the reality has been the exact opposite. I can’t tell you how many interviews I’ve read in which the new Academy Award winner has admitted she couldn’t master the most difficult moves and needed Sarah Lane to make those work.
Well, Portman did the acting and the dialogue, etc. So she can claim that she is the true Swan Queen.