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Monday
Apr182011

Natalie Portman's 'Black Swan' Ballet Double Insists Producers Are Lying

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Natalie Portman's ballet double in Black Swan won't back down from her claim that she performed the majority of the dancing for the Oscar-winner's character in the film. Though director Darren Aronofsky and studio Fox Searchlight have both denied Sarah Lane's accusations, Lane tells ABC's 20/20, "I'm just speaking because they're completely lying about the amount of dancing that Natalie did in the movie."

Lane, who says she didn't ask for onscreen credit for her participation in the film, was bothered by the fact that producers asked her before the Oscars to not take part in interviews until after the ceremony in order to protect their star.  She argues again that Portman couldn't have become as skilled at ballet during her training as Lane is. She says, "I've been doing this for 22 years, and to say that someone trained for a year and a half and did what I did is degrading not only to me but to the entire ballet world."

Black Swan editor Andy Weisblum has weighed in on the controversy now, telling 20/20 that there are about 35 full-body dance shots in the movie, only 12 of which depict Portman -- the rest are of Lane. However, he adds, "But over the overall film, Natalie did a lot more than that. I mean, she did most of the other shots. It was sometimes hard for me to tell the difference as the editor, it was so close."

Portman herself didn't directly address the accusations in a recent interview with E!, saying, "I had the chance to make something beautiful with this film and I don't want to give in to gossip."

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