March 28th, 2011
11:42 AM ET
"Black Swan" choreographer Benjamin Millepied claims his fiancée Natalie Portman did 85 percent of her own dancing in the acclaimed film, but Portman's ballet double Sarah Lane insists the star only did 5 percent.
Now, Fox Searchlight has stopped dancing around the issue and is having the final say about the Oscar winner's footwork.
“We were fortunate to have Sarah there to cover the more complicated dance sequences and we have nothing but praise for the hard work she did," the studio said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film.”
Portman admitted to the magazine last November that she used a body double for the more complicated ballet routines, but tried to do the majority of the dancing on her own.
“It was not anything I ever could have done in a year, nothing I could’ve caught up with," she explained. "But I think it was just better for all of us if I did as much as possible.” Millepied backed her up, telling the L.A. Times, "Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie.”
But Lane, a soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, insists Portman's claims were all about publicity.
“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,” she told EW. “It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. 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?”
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