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Five percent? More like 90

The controversy about whether Natalie Portman did or did not perform in the majority of the dance scenes in Black Swan rumbles on: over the weekend her body double Sarah Lane claimed that Portman had performed in five per cent of the full body scenes shot, and that the film’s makers had lied about it in order to help their star win at the Oscars.

Now the film’s director Darren Aronofsky has waded in, saying that Portman does in fact perform in the vast majority of full body sequences, and crucially, that she can and did perform in pointe shoes. Thrilling stuff, we’re sure you agree.

‘Here is the reality,' he said. '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 percent Natalie Portman.

‘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.

‘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... I don't want anyone to think that’s not her they are watching. It is.’

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