Natalie Portman has been widely lauded for her transformation into a ballerina for her role in Black Swan. But is Hollywood bullshitting us? Sarah Lane, the professional dancer who worked on the film as Portman’s “dance double,” is speaking out, saying she did most of the dancing in the film. For the dance sequences in question, Portman’s head was apparently digitally grafted onto Lane’s body.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lane explained:
Of the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie. All the other shots are me. The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie. But that doesn’t show the actual dancing.