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Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky has more or less dismissed claims by dance-double Sarah Lane that Natalie Portman performed only a small fraction of her ballet scenes in the film. Aronofsky’s official statement, released through Fox Searchlight, says Portman performed 80% of of the dancing seen in the film.”

“Here is the reality,” his statement reads. “I had my editor count shots. There are 139 dance shots in the film. 111 are Natalie Portman untouched. 28 are her dance double Sarah Lane. If you do the math that’s 80% Natalie Portman. What about duration? The shots that feature the double are wide shots and rarely play for longer than one second. There are two complicated longer dance sequences that we used face replacement.”

Lane claimed in a 3.28 Wall Street Journal “Speakeasy” story that Portman performed about 5% of the dancing in the film.

In other words, Lane has faux-pahhed herself out of Aronofsky, Portman, Benjamin Millipied‘s and Fox Searchlight’s good graces.

  • LexG

    Didn’t this happen back in the day on FLASHDANCE too? Also to the wholesale “Who gives a shit?” of the public? Jennifer Beals is still working to this day, and no one remembers that chick’s name.

    Sorta weird this only happens on big dance movies. It would be awesome if there were a whole legion of stuntmen running to the press 18 times a year going, “This is BULLSHIT! Shia LaBeouf TOTALLY wasn’t really swinging from those vines, I did ALL that shit! Fucking fraud!”

  • fitz-hume

    It’s like Tonya Harding vs Nancy Kerrigan all over again…

  • Rashad

    They lost the battle once they edited those visual reels to remove the face replacement. Then asking Sarah not to do interviews because they didn’t want to ruin the narrative of natalie being so great at dancing. She’s a fraud and deserved nothing.

  • Mark

    No Black Swan 2: Point Shoes Boogaloo for Ms. Lane. But in her world of dance, the name recognition she’s getting from claiming to be the real black swan may well be worth it. Smart play, IMO.

  • fredderf

    I believe the double. It extremely difficult to dance Ballet like that, even with one year of rigorous training. The chances that Natalie Portman did her own dancing through 80% of it is really stretching it. Would it be a stretch to say that Darren Aronofsky HAS to back up his actor in order for him to remain in the good graces of the studio? And other actors in the future?

    He has to be loyal. There is an obvious conflict of interest here.

  • CitizenKaned4Life

    Apologies for the ensuring crudeness, but does anyone really give a fuck?

    I know Rashad pretends to, but he doesn’t really count.

    Movies are pretend, mmmkay?

  • Telemachos

    Yeah, who cares? Really. I don’t get the “controversy”. People use stunt doubles all the time. People use body doubles all the time. Nowadays they do face replacement all the time. This all seems so pointless and manufactured. How on earth did this end up being a story?

  • Abbey Normal

    Agreed…made-up controversy that has nothing whatsoever to do with the main point of the movie, or of Portman’s performance.

    Having said that, I don’t understand how anyone still takes the dancer’s comments seriously. What’s more likely: That the dancer, who has struggled all her life to be great at one thing, only to then watch as some other girl gets all the “credit,” is expressing some sour grapes? Or that an entire battery of people involved with the film, including a director with bulletproof integrity, are participating in a mass conspiracy to delude the public, even AFTER Portman won the Oscar?

  • Abbey Normal

    Also, how the fuck would Lane know how many shots in the movie were her and how many were Portman? Obviously, there’s no way to tell just by watching the movie, what with all the digital trickery going on. What is she basing her allegations on? Some kind of gut reaction? Are we to believe she is so observant and familiar with her own body and dancing style that she can pick out, in every instance and despite the best efforts of hundreds of movie effects professionals, what are her contributions and what are Portman’s?

    C’mon.

  • bluefugue

    Yeah, this is irrelevant. It’s not really a dance picture, despite having ballerinas in it. If it turned out it wasn’t really Astaire all that time dancing with Ginger Rogers but some Russian guy in a mask, that would be big news. But this isn’t the same thing.

  • Gabe@ThePlaylist

    Oh no. Guess Black Swan isn’t as good now.

    FUCKING SNORE.

  • Kakihara

    Jeff: If you actually read the whole quote, it sounds like Darren’s using fuzzy math to do damage control for Nat. But, either way, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s diminishing the contributions of someone who helped him get where he is today….

    Lex: “Jennifer Beals is still working to this day, and no one remembers that chick’s name.”

    Yeah, but it’s mostly low-profile work.

    “It would be awesome if there were a whole legion of stuntmen running to the press 18 times a year going, “This is BULLSHIT! Shia LaBeouf TOTALLY wasn’t really swinging from those vines, I did ALL that shit! Fucking fraud!”‘

    Well, actually

    fredder: “Would it be a stretch to say that Darren Aronofsky HAS to back up his actor in order for him to remain in the good graces of the studio?”

    Well, he still has to do the Japan tour, assuming he’s going. But, considering he’s already made money and Oscar gold for them, there’s no way they’re gonna throw him under the bus, outside of him doing another Fountain-level bomb. So *my* guess over why he’s stumping for her is that it’d hurt *his* brand. I mean, he’s already been called out for Tarantino’ing Satoshi Kon, so the dance sequences and his so-called “ballet cred” are all he’s got left-especially after ditching Wolverine.

    Telemachos: Yeah, it’s not unusual to have doubles, but as Lane noted, the Fox Searchlight people tried to suggest that the more complicated stuff was all Natalie.

    Abbey: “That the dancer, who has struggled all her life to be great at one thing, only to then watch as some other girl gets all the “credit,” is expressing some sour grapes? Or that an entire battery of people involved with the film, including a director with bulletproof integrity, are participating in a mass conspiracy to delude the public, even AFTER Portman won the Oscar?”

    I love the irony of discrediting the dancer, given the theme of the movie.

    “Also, how the fuck would Lane know how many shots in the movie were her and how many were Portman?”

    I’m guessing she could tell whenever the camera didn’t focus on Portman’s face. Plus, she would’ve seen Nat in action, and would’ve known which moves came off more “fake”, and which seemed more “natural” for someone of Portman’s limited experience.

    Gabe: “Oh no. Guess Black Swan isn’t as good now.”

    Well, it wasn’t good *anyway*.

  • BobbyLupo

    “The chances that Natalie Portman did her own dancing through 80% of it is really stretching it.”

    This is what it boils down to. If you actually watch the movie, it’s pretty clear that Natalie Portman isn’t really “dancing” in most shots. She’s going through the motions, so that whatever part of her is on camera would look as if she was doing the move. Anybody who voted for her because they thought her off-camera feet were actually in position is almost as big an idiot as DZ.

    I would assume that the dancer’s math is only focusing on the full body shots, where Aronofsky’s is focused on every shot where the character is dancing, and that they’re both essentially telling the truth. And that nobody cares.

  • circleofquality

    I wish I had unlimited time, so every time Satoshi Kon got brought up on HE, I could call out his unoriginality for ripping off Dario Argento in PERFECT BLUE.

    But that would be as reductive, misguided, and flat out wrong as … well, as calling THE BLACK SWAN a straight-up PERFECT BLUE rip, or thinking that Aronofsky wrote the script where so many of the similarities stem from.

    Oh, wait – that’s right. Using mirrors to suggest doubling? Satoshi Kon INVENTED that shit.

  • JulesWinnfield

    I will take take Portman’s side; method actors are no joke and I bet she and Mila Kunis did their share of dance training for the film in order to pull off the shots they did.

  • BobbyLupo

    “If you actually read the whole quote, it sounds like Darren’s using fuzzy math ”

    No, you’re just a fucking idiot who doesn’t understand the basic rules of rounding in math.

  • Kakihara

    circleofquality: “I wish I had unlimited time, so every time Satoshi Kon got brought up on HE, I could call out his unoriginality for ripping off Dario Argento in PERFECT BLUE.”

    Actually, Kon said in interviews that he hadn’t seen Argento’s stuff, which is probably likely, given that unless you were into LD at the time, you would not find it easily on VHS. It was more likely the writer of PB who was inspired by Argento and Kon just took it from there. Oh, and one of his blog entries acknowledged the cut Argento did for the European release of the Romero Dawn of the Dead, so… But once again, Kon listed a bunch”>http://makikoitoh.com/journal/satoshi-kon-100-movies-dreaming-machine-team#comment-692″>bunch of films and filmmakers he liked before he died, while Darren wouldn’t even give Kon the time of day, even though PB’s twice helped his career. Though if you’re going to play the “Everyone steals” card, then why didn’t Darren just pay up Argento instead for the remake rights to *his* films? And why was PB emphasized on the Requiem DVD, and not Argento’s stuff?

    Lupo: “No, you’re just a fucking idiot who doesn’t understand the basic rules of rounding in math.”

    How do you round 80% to 90%?

  • Kakihara

    Gotta fix that link.

  • Gaydos

    I wish Nic Roeg had directed this film.

    Then we wouldn’t be talking about fake dancing.

    We’d be talking about something REALLY INTERESTING being real or fake.

  • DuluozGray

    Kakihara is right on for the most part. Black Swan stunk. Portman is a child actress in a teenager’s body, as in, not very good. She’s a rich kid. What value do rich people bring to the arts?

  • Rashad

    Also Darren is outright LYING. The prologue used a face replacement; it’s in the damn reel. More crap from this spinster

  • BobbyLupo

    “How do you round 80% to 90%? ”

    Sorry, you’re right; I assumed that there was a modicum of sense in your statement, that you were claiming a distinction between 79.9% and 80%. I should’ve realized you were using those numbers and comparing it with the 90% that he explained as being time related, not based on # of shots.

  • taikwan

    Big time sour grapes especially since Natalie never claimed she danced the difficult parts – flat out said she couldn’t do one fouette much less the 32 required in the coda for the Black Swan. Darren wasn’t trying to hide anything especially since the technical face replacement and all the other effects were offered as testimony to the quality of all the artists who contributed to this film. Natalie spent over a year training, swimming etc to prepare of the role. But she never, ever claimed to be a prima ballerina or even your run of the mill pointe dancer. Also – the complainer changed her story. Originally SHE was the one that was grateful for being chosen as the double and complimented Natalie’s committment and her correct alignment and port de bras. I’d love to see Lane try to carry a film with her…acting, and that is what movies are about.

  • BobbyLupo

    “What value do rich people bring to the arts?”

    Is there any art from besides ballet that this criticism would be stupider regarding?

    Ballet dancers are 100% all upper class white girls.

  • BobbyLupo

    So, DZ posts a quote from Kon about Argento to prove that he didn’t know who Argento was, and then posts a link to an article where Kon doesn’t cite Argento in order to prove that he gave proper credit to Argento.

    Man, he’s really been on a roll of stupidity lately.

  • BobbyLupo

    Just to be clear, let’s summarize the anti-Portman argument:

    1 – Oscar voters all believed that she did her own dancing

    2 – she didn’t do her own dancing

    3 – therefore, because she convinced people that she did something that she didn’t actually do, it was a bad performance.

    Now, even putting aside the question assumptions required to believe #1… it’s hilarious that people hating on Portman and Aronofsky have backed themselved into a corner that they can only get out of by willfully ignoring the definition of acting.

  • taikwan

    ooh – good def of acting Bobby and the irony of ignoring = ignorance.

    Here’s that earlier ref of change of heart by the whiner:

    Lane did an interview in December where after being asked how she feels about being part of a role Natalie Portman is receiving rave reviews for, she states, “I’m not really looking for any sort of recognition. The process was a huge learning experience and I got everything I wanted out of it. But she deserves the recognition. She worked really hard.”

    http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/December-2010/Quick-QA-Sarah-Lane

  • LexG

    Kakihara has been on a ROLL since Jeff moved back to L.A.

    Maybe he’s just giddy to have someone to split the rent money with (ZING!)

  • Kakihara

    taikawan: “Darren wasn’t trying to hide anything”

    Didn’t he also emphasize the “She trained for over a year” meme?

    “Natalie spent over a year training, swimming etc to prepare of the role. But she never, ever claimed to be a prima ballerina or even your run of the mill pointe dancer.”

    Well, she claimed to have prior experience in dancing.

    “Also – the complainer changed her story. Originally SHE was the one that was grateful for being chosen as the double and complimented Natalie’s committment and her correct alignment and port de bras.”

    Lane was grateful because she thought she’d be credited.

    Lane did an interview in December where after being asked how she feels about being part of a role Natalie Portman is receiving rave reviews for, she states, “I’m not really looking for any sort of recognition. The process was a huge learning experience and I got everything I wanted out of it. But she deserves the recognition. She worked really hard.”

    She was probably being modest and forced to say whatever was necessary to get credited.

    Lupo: “So, DZ posts a quote from Kon about Argento to prove that he didn’t know who Argento was, and then posts a link to an article where Kon doesn’t cite Argento in order to prove that he gave proper credit to Argento.”

    Actually, he *did* know who Argento was, but hadn’t seen his work at the time, which is why he didn’t credit him with inspiring Perfect Blue. But he did let his Japanese readers of his blog know about Argento. In other words, Kon didn’t pretend Argento didn’t exist or that he came up with his ideas all by himself the way that Darren did with Kon and Swan.

    “therefore, because she convinced people that she did something that she didn’t actually do, it was a bad performance.”

    No, it was a bad performance, *anyway*, but the dance was the money-shot for a lot of people. And so now it’s also a phony performance.

  • Rashad

    Not too mention, Lane is not even credited as her double in the movie. The whole performance is built on the narrative that Natalie dedicated herself and became a skilled dancer. If that wasn’t the case, they would not have asked Lane not to do interviews during the Oscar race, and they would not have scoured the internet for all links of the initial visual reel and edited them to remove all the face replacement shots.

    http://www.itsartmag.com/features/makingofblackswan/

    At 3 mins you can see Darren is caught in his LIE and that it was a face replacement shot. It’s all part of their sick and twisted politics in Hollywood. How can you trust a man who lies and has a pedo mustache?

  • Dazza

    Are you thick, Rashad?

    Darren says that it was all Natalie in the last 85 seconds of the opening prologue, most notably as she exits on pointe.

    Then you point out a face replacement shot from the beginning of the prologue, which doesn’t fall into what Darren said was all Natalie.

    So, really, if anyone is lying here its you.

    This whole fuss over nothing shows that the producers were smart to do what they can to play up the positive narrative, lest a negative narrative like this sweep the media and fool people who aren’t willing to really seek out the facts.

    I’m glad Aronofsky finally came forward but there are other aspects of Lane’s interviews that are annoying. Like her saying that Natalie never mentioned her name, which is just flat out wrong. Natalie mentioned time and time again that there were things that she wasn’t able to learn in a year and even mentioned Sarah Lane on more than one occasion.

    Sarah thought she’d get a certain level of fame out of the film. She didn’t, because that’s how films work, and now she’s trying plan B.

  • Kakihara

    Dazza: “So, really, if anyone is lying here its you.”

    Yes, because Darren’s word means more than a making-of video.

    “Like her saying that Natalie never mentioned her name, which is just flat out wrong. Natalie mentioned time and time again that there were things that she wasn’t able to learn in a year and even mentioned Sarah Lane on more than one occasion.”

    Wow, I just saw a pic of here, and I gotta say *that’s* a fuckin’ ballerina, not just some chipmunk-ey girl in a tutu. Portman can’t possibly come close, just on her build alone. Anyway, as for your argument, Nat didn’t exactly contradict Darren or Ben on how much she contributed to the film vs. Lane.

  • LexG

    Newsflash, motherfuckers: Roger Moore wasn’t really dangling from the Golden Gate in View to a Kill or fighting that sheik on the top of a plane in Octopussy…. Connery probably wasn’t doing his underwater snorkeling and spear-gun antics in Thunderball…

    And yet, NO ONE GIVES A SHIT.

    Give it a fucking rest.

  • Dazza

    “Yes, because Darren’s word means more than a making-of video.”

    LOL. What aren’t you getting? Let me try this again.

    Darren says the middle and end of a scene is all Natalie.

    Video shows very obvious face replacement in the opening moments of the scene.

    Did Darren say that was Natalie? No.

    “Anyway, as for your argument, Nat didn’t exactly contradict Darren or Ben on how much she contributed to the film vs. Lane. ”

    She’s been quiet on the issue (taking the high road? not wanting to be drawn into the frenzy?) but was very straight forward about it in the lead up to release. Why would she come out to contradict Darren and Ben when their comments that 85% (Ben) and 90% (Darren) of the dancing was Natalie is true?

  • Kakihara

    LexG: Yeah, but you *believe* Connery and Moore could pull some of that stuff off, while Portman looks like she’s faking, even on the easier dance scenes.

    “Did Darren say that was Natalie? No.”

    Actually, he tried to lump it in with her.

    “She’s been quiet on the issue (taking the high road? not wanting to be drawn into the frenzy?)”

    If she’s taking the high road, then she’d give Lane her due.

    “Why would she come out to contradict Darren and Ben when their comments that 85% (Ben) and 90% (Darren) of the dancing was Natalie is true?”

    Well, maybe because they’re not true?

  • Dazza

    “Actually, he tried to lump it in with her.”

    I honestly don’t see how he could have been much clearer.

    Darren: “If you look at the final shot of the opening prologue, which lasts 85 seconds, and was danced completely by Natalie, she exits the scene on pointe.”

    I’m sorry but suggesting that he’s saying the whole scene was Natalie is plainly false.

    “If she’s taking the high road, then she’d give Lane her due.”

    Yeah, like this…

    Natalie: “Yes, yes, I was en pointe for – I mean, there’s no way, obviously, I could have learned, you know, fouette turns en pointe for the film. That’s something that takes a lifetime to perfect.

    So there’s a wonderful dancer, Sarah Lane, who did the more complicated pointe work. But I did the stuff that was possible to learn in a year.”

    Or this…

    Natalie: “I did everything, and the dance double — Sarah Lane, who’s a really wonderful dancer — they shot us both doing everything, but because most of the film is in close-up, they’re able to use me. The parts I couldn’t do were because it’s doing very complicated turns on pointe. They would shoot me doing it in flat shoes and Sarah doing it in pointe shoes and find a way to make that work.”

    “Well, maybe because they’re not true?”

    So your contention is that these very precise shot and minute numbers that Aronofsky produced are lies? And this is based on what exactly?

  • Mr. Palmer

    WGAS, WGAF

  • DeafEars

    “Didn’t this happen back in the day on FLASHDANCE too? Also to the wholesale “Who gives a shit?” of the public? Jennifer Beals is still working to this day, and no one remembers that chick’s name.”

    There were two chicks that stood in for Beals at different points in the movie – what’s more, the chick who did the break-dancing moves at the last audition was a dude.

    Good thing that didn’t happen on BLACK SWAN – then we’d REALLY be hearing some sour grapes.

  • Rashad

    Dazza, it’s quite simple, Darren clearly was trying to imply Natalie did the prologue shots. The end is all closeup and we have no idea if she’s en pointe or not. He lied, and still none of this contradicts Lane’s claim that Natalie did 5% of the full body shots

  • CitizenKaned4Life

    Worst. Thread. Ever.

    Is it any surprise that the trolls of HE (I’m looking at you, DZ and Rashad) would be among the first to come to the overdramatic defense of the prima (donna) ballerina that is Sarah Lane, who is a dancer and NOT an actress.

    I think I get the angle here: she is soooo misunderstood and overlooked…just like you guys are on movie boards on a daily basis!

    Just stop.

  • Rashad

    For the record, I’m not denying the end is her but it’s not what was in question

  • Rashad

    Kaned you missed the point, and you know I was on this before Lane even came out with it.

  • Chauncey

    YOU’RE TEARING ME APART!!!

  • CitizenKaned4Life

    “On” what? Crack?

    Somehow, the existence of the Internet and viral video has made certain people forget what an onscreen performance is actually about.

    It’s all about the emotionally-fragile, frayed ends of sanity (excellent song) tone Porty sets, and ratchets up the intensity increasingly through the film.

    I don’t know what this other stuff is about AT ALL. If modern access to information was around 50 years ago — but somehow not the special fx technology — I can’t even begin to imagine what you fuckers would have said about Hitchcock (LIAR!) and Cary Grant (FAKER!) during the rear-screen projection of the classic crop-dusting scene in NxBW.

  • Rashad

    Once again you missed the point. They sold her performance on her dancing. Don’t even try to act like that wasn’t part of the narrative of her winning. Same with Bale losing all the weight. If he didn’t lose the weight, and they did it all with CGI, that’s fine but say that he did and don’t lie about it.

    These Black Swan phonies were all in cahoots since day one. If you don’t see that then you are due for a fall my friend. A mighty fall.

  • CitizenKaned4Life

    WTF are you talking about? That last paragraph is pure and utter nonsense.

    If it was just about Bale losing weight, he would have been awarded for The Machinist (seeing how he even lost a lot more for that!).

    As for Portman, we go to the movies and see “action stars” who use stunt doubles, “singers” who are overdubbed, and feats of athleticism that are “faked.” How is this any different?

    Black Swan isn’t even about dancing — it’s a metaphor and backdrop for a psychological B-thriller. Look at all those people who were Oscar-nominated for Chicago. That was more of a song-and-dance movie, and it still didn’t stop CZJ from winning — you’re telling me she didn’t have a double? Maybe she didn’t, but that’s not even really the point. The point is actors are expected to act, and everything else is gravy. Body doubles are expected to shut the fuck up and NOT be seen; I’m sorry, but that is their job (besides, Lane is listed in the credits of BS).

    This is my last word on this subject. You are being really weird and unrelatable about this…why do you even care so much?

  • Chauncey

    “If you don’t see that then you are due for a fall my friend. A mighty fall.”

    Every step we take is an insult to the gods.

  • Kakihara

    Dazza: “I honestly don’t see how he could have been much clearer.”

    Well, he could’ve actually stated which scenes Portman specifically did for the final film, and which ones were CG’ed, for one. You know, instead of just implying that the scenes Portman participated in were the same ones actually depicted in post. :)

    “I’m sorry but suggesting that he’s saying the whole scene was Natalie is plainly false.”

    He’s saying most of it, which is the problem.

    Yes, yes, I was en pointe for – I mean, there’s no way, obviously, I could have learned, you know, fouette turns en pointe for the film. That’s something that takes a lifetime to perfect.

    So there’s a wonderful dancer, Sarah Lane, who did the more complicated pointe work. But I did the stuff that was possible to learn in a year.”

    But by not going against Ben and Darren, she basically suggests that Lane only contributed to a small part of the film, and that the stuff she learned in a year constituted the majority of the sequences in the film.

    “I did everything, and the dance double — Sarah Lane, who’s a really wonderful dancer — they shot us both doing everything, but because most of the film is in close-up, they’re able to use me. The parts I couldn’t do were because it’s doing very complicated turns on pointe. They would shoot me doing it in flat shoes and Sarah doing it in pointe shoes and find a way to make that work.”

    buT that kinda contradicts her prior statement, because now she’s basically saying she did the complicated stuff, too, and that Lane was just there as a reference

    Kane: “who is a dancer and NOT an actress.”

    Well, Lane still looks more like an actress than Portman. And frankly, doing a shitty Skinemax scene does not automatically rank you up there with performers who have to actually become their characters and make you believe that you’re with them in the movie setting, no matter what the Academy and Aronofsky sycophants want the public to believe.

    “It’s all about the emotionally-fragile, frayed ends of sanity (excellent song) tone Porty sets,”

    Sorry, but as I noted before, if you’re gonna go there, that performance was ripped off, too.

    “If modern access to information was around 50 years ago — but somehow not the special fx technology — I can’t even begin to imagine what you fuckers would have said about Hitchcock (LIAR!) and Cary Grant (FAKER!) during the rear-screen projection of the classic crop-dusting scene in NxBW.”

    Well, you can actually tell the shots Hitch interimposed are off, particularly in The Birds. But the guy could do stuff which didn’t require FX or body doubles, which is something that can’t be said for Darren or Natalie.

  • Dazza

    Kakihara and Rashad, your inability to understand really straight forward Eng…actually, you know what, I think you both know exactly what’s up. This is surely not a real debate but rather the act of a couple trolls who will not shift on their unpopular opinion no matter what.

    I’m out.

  • Ghost072

    Rashad and DZ are demonstrating in this thread the most deplorable of internet sins: intentional intellectual dishonesty. We know what DZ’s misguided reason is, but I’m not sure why Rashad has such an axe for this film, or Portman/Aronofsky.

  • Rashad

    What is this? Bizarro land? I liked the movie, and I thought Natalie was fine. The studio purposely going out of their way to make it seem like Natalie did all of her dancing is what I have a problem with. They edited pretty much every single video withe the face replacements, and told Lane not to do interviews. Get real. The dancing is a large reason why she won the Oscar. I doubt anyone looks twice at that performance otherwise; it’s something out of a B horror movie. With stunt doubles, you know they’re there and serve a purpose, but you don’t see Arnold and the studio run around and say he did all of his own stunts when he didn’t.

    Kaned is being purposely dense when it comes to the Bale analogy. Every review mentioned Bale’s commitment to the performance by losing all that weight. It was as much of his performance, as the actual performance. (ANd Lane isn’t credited as Natalie’s body double.)

  • LexG

    “…frayed ends of sanity (excellent song) …”

    Oh-ee-oh, uh-uh, OH, OH!”

    Metallica FTW.

  • sugardingles

    Funny story….

    A friend of mine also happens to be named Sarah Lane. She used to be a regular on the TechTV network before it was absorbed by Comcast and turned into G4. Nowadays, Sarah does podcasts for TWiT.tv, and blogs about technology issues, occasionally offering commentary for outfits like CNN, etc, etc.

    Well, since this Black Swan “controversy” started up, Sarah (my friend) has been getting calls non-stop from media outlets, looking for interviews from the OTHER Sarah Lane. For instance, someone at Fox News called her this morning at 6AM to talk about Black Swan. She has to tell them over and over again that they’ve got the wrong Sarah Lane.

    I think it’s irritating her, but I find it all very amusing.

  • Kakihara

    Ghost: “Rashad and DZ are demonstrating in this thread the most deplorable of internet sins: intentional intellectual dishonesty. ”

    Wow, once again someone being ironic, given Darren’s self-promotion of himself as an expert in the field of ballet.

    sugar: Personally, if I were her, I’d take down their contact info, anyway.

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