Fox Defends Natalie Portman Against Body Double Controversy

March 28, 2011 By:
Fox Defends Natalie Portman Against Body Double Controversy

Natalie Portman picked up just about every Best Actress award this year for her role in Black Swan, but an extra from the movie is raining on her parade.

Natalie's body double/ballerina Sarah Lane claims she did 95% of the dancing in the movie but only got "Lady in the Lane" credit on IMDB.

After Natalie's fiancé, Ben Millepied, who was the choreographer for the movie told the Los Angeles Times that "85 percent of that movie was Natalie [dancing]", Lane told Entertainment Weekly, "On the full body shots, I would say 5 percent are Natalie. I mean, from a professional dancer's standpoint, she doesn't look like a professional ballet dancer at all and she can't dance in pointe shoes. And she can't move her body, she's very stiff."

And now Fox Searchlight Pictures is defending Natalie. They released a statement saying:

"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. "However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the film."

Regardless of who did what percentage of the dancing, there's no denying that Natalie's performance was amazing in the movie. She went from hot to cold in a split second and I was on the edge of my seat throughout the whole movie. What are your thoughts on the scandal?