Mila Kunis Defends Natalie Portman

March 29th, 2011 // 85 Comments

Just in time for today’s DVD release making none of this seem suspicious at all, Mila Kunis and director Darren Aronofsky have both come forward with statements to EW.com defending Natalie Portman from accusations made by her dancing double Sarah Lane who claims Natalie only did five percent of the dancing in the movie:

Mila Kunis:

“Natalie danced her a– off,” says Kunis. “I think it’s unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from [the praise] Natalie deserved and got.”
Kunis also says Portman has been honest about how much of the demanding footwork she was — and wasn’t — able to do. “She’ll tell you [that], no, she was not on pointe when she did a fouetté [turn]. No one’s going to deny that. But she did do every ounce of every one of her dances,” she says. “[Lane] wasn’t used for everything. It was more like a safety net. If Nat wasn’t able to do something, you’d have a safety net. The same thing that I had — I had a double as a safety net. We all did. No one ever denied it.”

Darren Aronofsky:

“Here is the reality. 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. Even so, if we were judging by time over 90% would be Natalie Portman.
And to be clear Natalie did dance on pointe in pointe shoes. 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. That is completely her without any digital magic. I am responding to this to put this to rest and to defend my actor. Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance. And I don’t want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is.”

Sarah Lane’s central complaint was that producers allegedly told her to keep quiet about doubling 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.” Which is funny because in November, Natalie openly admitted to using a double proving a lesson I learned the hard way: Ballerinas are fucking batshit. True story, I shared an apartment with a gay ballet dancer years ago, and these kids are literally shipped off at 15 to become anorexic dancing machines through a systematic regimen of physical and psychological abuse. If I ever wanted to start an intricate network of pick-pockets, I’d simply walk down to the local ballet school and start recruiting with promises of trips to the mall like “those fat, normal kids.” (Fat, of course, meaning anyone over 55 lbs.)

Photos: Getty, WENN

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  1. Annie

    Mila seems like one badasssss bitch! Props to her and Darren for defending their pal Natalie. TEAM PORTMAN!

    • DKNY

      “Natalie sweated long and hard to deliver a great physical and emotional performance.”

      Is he talking about her work on camera, or in bed when he got her pregnant?

      • MrsEllis

        The choreographer impregnated her, not the director.

      • Dodo Uptown

        Says you. Most other folks figure that that retard Aronofsky knocked her up. The swishing twink she’s allegedly engaged to is going to fade into the woodwork in a few months. Look, he’s weird looking and can’t keep his mouth shut, so he’s obviously going away to harvest more twink dong from his dancing boys.

    • eatme

      suck it. natalie portman is a shitty actress. maybe she is better in this one (haven’t seen it) but she is stunningly terrible in every single other movie she has been in other than leone (yes, I have seen them all). were it not for the fact that she is hollywood’s jewish princess, where speaking ill of her is paramount to holocaust denial (sorry, make that capital “H”, Holocaust) she would be seen as the fraud that she is. One of the ONLY actresses worse than her is, surprise surprise, Mila Kunis who isn’t really even an actress at all.

    • Marie

      “Team Portman”? Jesus.

  2. ChinaSuperficial

    “The Surrender” is a great book by a ballerina, about women reclaiming the dominant sexual narrative from men by being pounded up the bottom. (Seriously) I am not saying that Fish’s contention that all ballerinas are anorexic nutjobs is correct, but… Well, yes, I am. They crave emotionally distant assholes who sodomize them and call them fat. God bless them.

    • Nancy Pelosi

      Aren’t we forgetting what is really important here. Namely that Mila Kunis ass should be worn as a hat and that Portman did an great masturbation/fantasy scene in this pathetic excuse for a movie.

      • that was excellent. the better one was where Mila was going down on Natalie later on in the movie. that was the best soft core lesbian scene ever. The question arises(no pun intended). when they were switching faces of Natalie and Mila as she was going down on Natalie. Who was the body? was it Natalie or was her face replacement over Mila. one thing i noticed during that scene was Nat’s thighs were sprouting scales.

      • Matt

        @Nancy…Congrats! You have just won dumbest mother fucker of the year award.

      • Nancy Pelosi

        @Matt – There is a word for a man who doesn’t find a Portman/Kunis lesbian fantasy scene hot and who can’t rub one out at the thought of an ass-buffet featuring rack of Mila/Natalie. And that word is brokeback cowboy. Sorry, Matt, that’s two words. My bad, bro.

    • ChinaSuperficial

      Nancy, I was off-topic. Apologies. There is nothing in the world more beautiful than two ladies kissing.

    • MrsEllis

      I’ve actually heard about that book. David Alan Grier talked about it on Loveline. Yes, I listen to old archived Loveline shows. Deal with it.

  3. ChinaSuperficial

    Toni Bentley is the author. Nuttier than a pecan orchard.

  4. Who gives a shit about Portman’s alleged ballet dancing. Fish states “shared an apartment with a gay ballerina years ago”, Come,come please tell us more of that story? Any chance of seeing said room-mate having her own “Lesbian Dance?”

    • I think Fish was joking.

      • Knippy

        I don’t think he was, he’s mentioned it before, on facebook and formspring I believe, but maybe here too. I honestly think he was roommates with a gay ballerina. Whether he means a lesbian or a gay man, I don’t know.

      • uncle ruckus

        haha yeah the plot thickens…yet another move by fish to piss off his preacher daddy!

    • Mike Walker

      A gossip maven rooming with a gay ballet dancer… hmmm. I always thought he was playing us. He tried waaaaay too hard with his faux hetero fantasies… almost like a woman pretending to be a dude, aping the base cliches of the male libido.

      Sodomized, again.

  5. Meh didnt Flashdance have the same controversy? Seem to recall if you hit pause during the audition scene you could see the dancer had a mustache.

  6. the one

    psssssst: they both need a new rich grandpa?

  7. p-nut

    If this ballerina chick really wanted to burn Portman, why didn’t she just say, “Hey, I saw the Phantom Menace. Great job on that one”? I mean, really what’s the best comeback Portman could possibly have for that aside from “fuck you”?

  8. ripdash

    “If I ever wanted to start an intricate network of pick-pockets, I’d simply walk down to the local ballet school and start recruiting…”

    Actually, you’re not far off the Dickensian mark. The Paris Opera Ballet School was little more than a thinly-disguised whore house:

    “In the 1830s, however, the backstage of the Paris Opera became a privileged venue of sexual assignation, officially countenanced and abetted … the theater’s enterprising management dangled before the elect of its paying public a commodity of indisputable rarity and cachet — its female corps of dancers.”

    http://books.google.com/books?id=tCqA3ZtVat0C&pg=PA212&lpg=PA212&dq=paris+ballet+and+prostitution&source=bl&ots=GCxVRpBzVI&sig=Gl39g4ezASakeFdgD61-id0LZ9Y&hl=en&ei=AS75TKuSCpLCsAOGlvjAAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CC4Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=paris%20ballet%20and%20prostitution&f=false

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    When did Giada get so fat?

  10. M16

    Does it really matter. It’s just a movie.

  11. GB

    If the real ballerina, with 22+ years of dancing under her belt, not the Portman actress, didn’t want to be criticized or be in the movie then she should have studied accounting.

  12. stevebeagle

    who gives a shit ?

  13. Ruth

    I love your true stories ‘Fish. Always make me laugh.

  14. JC

    Mila is molesting me with her eyes. And I like it.

  15. I would bang her with my adsurdly big cock!

  16. Matt

    Sarah Lane, apparently, has given up on the idea of ever being a double in a movie, again.

    • Tony

      Considering Sarah Lane is an actual, real ballerina with one of the biggest ballet groups in the world, I don’t think she gives a shit about being an extra. She has a better job being a professional ballerina.

  17. Richard McBeef

    But that was Portman in the pussy eating scene, right?
    .
    .
    RIGHT?

    OK, good. Because I could give a shit who danced and who didn’t.

  18. SWG

    “Just in time…”
    .
    .
    .
    Justin time…

    Yeah I know, I’ll let myself out.

  19. Arzach

    It was a fucking movie! Who cares if she doubled the dance part,
    her Oscar was not for dancing was for acting.

  20. MILF

    I was the tongue double for the lesbian scene, and she tasted like Benjamin’s stale baguettes and Camembert…

  21. That Guy

    She can’t dance her ass off because she doesn’t have one…..well a flat toned ass though….

  22. adolf hitler

    did sarah have a lesbian scene with kunis? i think not.

  23. Clarence Beeks

    Natalie’s acting SUCKED in that movie. I couldn’t give a shit about anything else. She gasped and had the same fucking grimace on her face for 2 hrs. I do not understand how she won all those awards for that crap performance.

    Sorry Mila.

  24. Mandy

    I love you Mila, but I’m not buying this. Why would this dancer risk her career if she was lying? It’s obvious Fox wanted to promote this movie as “Natalie Portman transforms into a ballerina in only a year and a half! She is amazing! You must see this movie!”
    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Portman having to use a double. But it’s insulting to dancers to pretend like Natalie could have dancer on such a professional level in such a short time. People do ballet for their entire LIVES.. I don’t believe Portman got that good in only a year and a half.

  25. Peter Griffin

    Shut up Meg.

  26. Minerva Smelibut

    Mila is a bull dyke, woulda never thought of that

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  28. So there was some dancing in this Natalie Portman/Mila Kunis makeout-movie?

  29. mara

    whatever mila, safety net my a**. all these bigwigs with money and connections trying to discredit what to them is a nobody. but they hired a real dancer for a reason. the real dancing in the movie was done by this girl, not them, and the producers did not even have the decency to credit her with “dance double” in the credits. yah right, she didnt perform stunts she performed ballet. they are all precious about n.portman and i bet n.portman would like to kick them all in the crotch for treating her liek a princess when she’s a grown a** woman.

  30. The Critical Crassness

    The only worthwhile part of this post is the pictures of Mila Kunis and that isn’t saying much! Who gives a rat’s ass about this idiocy.Hollywood productions are just fairy tales with live characters anyway.There is nothing new here, so move on!

  31. This is the biggest Hollywood fiasco since the Marty McFly guitar scandal of ’85.

  32. Would so wreck.

  33. Shawnaynay

    This is dumb. Natalie Portman was amazing in the film and regardless of anything, she’s an ACTOR, not a dancer. The illusion worked and that’s her job!

    • eatme

      …right, never mind the cg face replacements. almost as bad as the jessica alba shower scene in machete.

  34. Chloe

    I thought the original complaint by the dancer was that she wasn’t credited correctly (according to her) in the movie. Instead of “Ms. Portman’s dance double” or something it just said “extra” or “stunt double” with no reference as to what she did. The fact that Arronofsky literally counted every fucking scene makes me believe him, but it is sketchy that the special effects video where you can see them replace the real dancers head, has been pulled off the net.

    OK now for a personal thought.. I read some interviews this Sarah Lane did way before the movie and she sounds like an egotistical nut job of a bitch. She probably just wanted Natalie to thank her in her Oscar speech or something.

    • DarthNader

      I know the Lanes. I practically grew up with Sarah and her family in Bloomfield, NY. As far as I know she’s not a nut job or a bitch, but then again she’s gotten pretty famous since I’ve seen her last and has plenty of reason to be. As for her family, they’re decent but definitely the some of most painfully Christian people I’ve ever known. I think they’re actually more upset about the whole ordeal than Sarah is. It’s a small-town thing.

  35. Elle

    I dont care what Aronofsky or Milipied or Portman herself say. There is no way someone can learn to dance like this in 18 months. You just dont get that kind of moves and body by training for 1 1/2 years. These dancers spend decades working on their craft. For anyone to suggest otherwise is an insult and a lie.

    Having said that, people need to chill the eff out and realize that Hollywood is all about illusion: creating illusions and dreams, marketing them, selling them – making them convincing. But they are still illusions. The same sophistication that went into creating the illusion of this movie, Black Swan, goes into creating red carpet arrivals: lots of make up, a team of stylists and make up artists and high end cameras creating perfect lighting and angles and just the perfect, most beautiful looking and flawless hair, skin and make up. Black Swan is no different.

    Finally keep in mind that the DVD is coming out and all this “accusation” spiel might just be smoke and mirrors to create…well the illusion of something that isnt there to vamp up DVD sales.

    I said it before and I say it again: unless Portman manages to do a full blown performance of Swan Lake live, like she did in the movie, as far as I am concerned, the screen of smoke and mirrors did most of the (dancing) work in this movie.

    • uncle jonathan's corncob pipe

      well, I mean, to start off, natalie had danced for many years when she was younger, so it wasn’t like she had been completely oblivious to the world of dance when she did this movie. so it’s not totally improbable that she danced some of the hard parts in the movie.

      • Alexandra Hemale

        I have no doubt that she danced well with her past experience and all the training she had before filming began. But I find it very hard to believe that she danced en pointe. I am not a ballerina, but I know that pointe work is very difficult and can be dangerous. I don’t believe that 18 months of training is enough for pointe work.

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    I don’t get why people are making a fuss over this anyway. Of course she would have a dance double…she’s an actress, not a professional ballerina. She did what she could and the more intricate stuff was covered by a pro. That’s basically how every single movie is made. =S What’s wrong with that?!

  37. I defend her too.
    Natalie is a talented and dedicated actress who will give her 101% to a director’s requirements. She had her hair actually shaved off in V For Vendetta, so there’s no reason to doubt that she did all of her own ballet…ting(?) on this movie, or that during the course of her career she befriended a retarded assassin, jailbaited Tim Hutton, gave birth to a baby in a Seven Eleven, developed epilepsy, was beheaded, and completely forgot how to act for an entire fucking trilogy.

  38. This is huge..I mean a really, REALLY big deal, we can’t just pretend it’s not.

    Apparently a LOT of men went to a movie about fucking ballet dancing!

  39. Elizabeth

    Sarah Lane stated that Portman could not dance in Pointe shoes or do any of the dancing scenes herself. There is only one way to prove this. Have Portman wear Pointe Shoes and do complete Swan Lake dance on camera. To prove once and for all that she did most of the dance scenes in that movie. From what I have seen so far it is someone else dancing with Portman face digitally superimposed on their body. Portman is a talentless bitch, and her acting in that movie was worse than Milla Kunis.
    I wander if she’ll go for that one?

  40. AVL

    One. Natalie didn’t do a foutee in any way. If she did it probably looked horrible even if it was on demi-pointe. In the DVD extras you can clearly see her do a turn on demi-pointe and that looked bad. There was one scene full body and en pointe of Natalie…it is the Black Swan rehearsal on stage where the director is saying “Again!” She also did the bourrees in the Prologue, the Vision, and at the end of the movie. Aside from the one ballet class, that is about all of Portman you get to see dancing from the waist down. There are even scenes where there are pointe shoe sounds and clearly in the DVD you can see Natalie is not wearing pointe shoes. The Black Swan Coda when the curtain opens, Natalie isn’t even wearing pointe shoes there and she isnt’ doing anything! Leaves me to wonder what the director considers “difficult”.

    Mila…aside from seeing her arms waving around, and standing in B+….she does not wear pointe shoes either. Yet you go to IMDB and read trivia that says: “After practicing with a ballet instructor for three months, five hours a day, seven days a week, Mila Kunis learned how to dance en pointe.” I would like to know where Mila was en pointe–standing on pointe or doing anything a dancer would consider pointe work.?

    Same thing applies to Natalie when her trainer (who of course wants to promote her own services) says: “You see her on pointe constantly in the film.” Constantly, seriously?

    I have no doubt they danced and sweated…the fact is it didn’t look professional and it didn’t pass, so someone else did it be Lane or Prosa.

    It is a movie…and I expected that. What I didn’t expect is to hear my friends wanting to go see Natalie be an awesome dancer with such little time training.

  41. bob

    Heard from a critic that “Portman STUNK-UP film with her Twat-Trite-Monotone acting and Puckered-up her Stinky-Anus-Button and Blasted Ass-Vaj-Diarrhea-Farts from her Gigantic-Gash-and fucked the movie up with her Bitch-Trite-Narcissistic-Cunt self” Needless to say — I haven’t seen the film and cant comment.

    • Jim Sturgess

      BOTTOM LINE —- SHE’S HORRIBLE! She indeed STUNK-UP film with her Twat-Trite-Monotone acting and Puckered-up her Stinky-Anus-Button and Blasted Ass-Vaj-Diarrhea-Farts from her Gigantic-Gash-and fucked the movie up with her Bitch-Trite-Narcissistic-Cunt self”

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