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March 29, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Director Darren Aronofsky has responded to claims by Sarah Lane, Natalie Portman’s dance double in Black Swan that Portman danced only 5 percent of the full-body shots in the movie. “I had my editor count shots,” he said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly‘s website. “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 percent 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. Even so, if we were judging by time, over 90 percent would be Natalie Portman.” Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times reported on its entertainment blog on Monday that a collection of behind-the-scenes clips posted on YouTube appeared to corroborate Lane’s contention, but they disappeared following a takedown request by Fox Searchlight.