Benjamin Millepied is defending his leading lady‘s honor against reports that Natalie Portman didn’t pull her dancing weight in Black Swan. While Portman did use dancers Kimberly Prosa and Sarah Lane as body doubles for certain technical scenes, Millipied assured the press that the prego Oscar winner was a dance machine. He told the Los Angeles Times, “It was so believable, it was fantastic, that beautiful movement quality.”
He continued, “There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like [her body double] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettes, and one diagonal phrase in the studio. Honestly, 85 per cent of that movie is Natalie.”
I’ve got to be honest with you. Not once did I concern myself with whether or not Portman danced throughout the entire film. I’m sure it was more of an insult to the people making Black Swan than it was to the audience to assume that Portman gave less than 85%. Of course she wasn’t all ballerina! While she did do an insane amount of training for the role, we can’t expect her to transform completely. Being a ballerina is complicated stuff. Bleeding toes, unruly tutus and round-the-clock discipline are elements we normal folk can’t be bothered with.
Socialites, please pause for a moment and take a look at these pictures of Portman walking her dog today in New York. Her cuteness quotient is through the roof, complete with a (faux) fur-lined hood and a bump under those toggles.