Natalie Portman’s ‘Black Swan’ role was exaggerated, claims dance double

Sarah Lane claims Portman filmed 'five percent' of full-body dance shots

Natalie Portman‘s Black Swan double has claimed that producers exaggerated how much the actress contributed to the film’s dance scenes.

Portman‘s fiancé Benjamin Millepied worked as a choreographer for the film, for which Portman claimed the Best Actress Oscar earlier this year. He recently claimed that “85 per cent of that movie is Natalie,” while other producers have emphasised how hard she worked to learn dance moves for the role.

However, her dance double Sarah Lane has said this is misleading.

“Of the full body shots, I would say five per cent are Natalie,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

She added: “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 for the movie, basically because of the Oscar.

“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?”

Lane had further criticism for Portman. “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,” she claimed.

She did, at least, concede that when it came to the basic art of being a thespian Portman did a good job. She said she was an “amazing actress, for sure”.