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Natalie Portman accused of only doing “5 percent” of full-body dance shots by “Black Swan” double

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Sarah Lane, the American Ballet Theater soloist who served as Natalie Portman's dancing double on Black Swan, has come forward and told EW that she was the victim of a "cover-up," orchestrated by Black Swan producer Ari Handel, to downplay the extent of her actual involvement in the film. She said, "Of the full body shots, I would say five percent are Natalie. All the other shots are me." If true, this would be tantamount to Robert De Niro only boxing in five percent of his Raging Bull scenes, for which he also won an Oscar.

Lane's contention comes days after Portman's fiance, Black Swan choreographer Benjamin Millepied, claimed that Lane's work on the film was far less significant, saying, "Honestly, eighty-five percent of that movie is Natalie." Lane begged to differ. "The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie. But that doesn't show the actual dancing."

Portman previously made no secret of the fact that she required a body double for important scenes in the film, though the extent of Lane's contribution was hushed up. Lane said:

"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. It is demeaning to the profession and not just to me. I've been doing this for twenty-two years… Can you become a concert pianist in a year and a half, even if you're a movie star?"

She has a point. And she insists that she isn't jealous over the critical plaudits and attention Portman has received. But if you want to be totally sure that you're looking at Portman's butt, it looks like you'll have to stick with Your Highness.