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Benjamin Millepied Defends Natalie Portman's Dancing

Benjamin Millepied Defends Natalie Portman's Dancing

Natalie Portman takes her dog, Whiz, for a walk on Thursday (March 24) on a chilly day in New York City.

The 29-year-old expectant mama was spotted taking Whiz out yesterday, too.

Nat‘s fiance, Benjamin Millepied, recently defended her dancing in Black Swan after articles questioned how much footage from the movie showed a body double and not Nat herself.

“There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like [her body double] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettes, and one diagonal phrase in the studio,” Benjamin told the L.A. Times. “Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie.”

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  • bp

    There is nothing bad about having a body double. She did an incredible job! Cleary, it is just not possible to dance 100% like a professional when your primary goal is to be a good actress.

  • maria

    @bp, i totally agree with you. She was amazing in Black Swan

  • Heather

    Is she trying to bring awareness to animal cruelty by wearing fur? Or was she coordinating her outfit with her dog? She so pretentious.

  • Me

    He means 85% of the acting, right? Because let’s be honest here. If someone else did the footwork and she did the torso work, then she didn’t do 85% of the dancing. Nice of him to defend his baby’s mama and all, but let’s be realistic here.

  • usuck

    she needs to stop inflating her lips..does she want to look like Angelina Jolie or what? Insecure much?

    When are Millipeen and this pretentious broad getting married? I guess they want the baby to be born a bastard.

  • usuck

    b.a.s.t.a.r.d that is

  • @Heather

    I don’t see her as pretentious.
    First of all it doesn’t look like real fur.
    Besides most of those kind of coats come with fur and most of people I see around wear these sort of fur details.
    Finally, if you are an activist, I really appreciate your effort, I tend to agree with you. But I also think we should not judge people only on this basis. She is one of the rare talents in Hollywood. And she is also one of the rare actors who have a decent education and school degree. Most of them are talentless, ignorant, gross famewh ores who slept their way to success and they need a full PR staff to tell them what they have to say, which charities they have to endorse, which outfits they have to wear, etc. And, yes, they tell them NOT to wear furs.

  • thetruth

    I knew this fat biotch was a fake.. her body double is who made that movie. She needs to give her the Oscar.

  • sammie

    reminds me of Cate Blanchett who said she did most of the dancing in curious case of B.B. the point isn’t that they have a body double, its lying and saying they did most of the dancing.

  • jellybean

    fake lips needs to stop killing animals..did she cut off a cow’s bu** and sewing it on her lips?

  • BD

    There were actually several body doubles and editing techniques that enabled Nat to win her Oscar. But she and Ben are too vain to acknowledge that.

  • Chelsea

    I don’t know. Something seems off here. Why keep the fact that there was a dancing double so hush-hush to begin with? It’s fishy. I saw Black Swan, Natalie was good, but not Oscar worthy. I thought Annette, Michelle, and Jennifer were all better.

  • MilliePehnus

    hahaha I knew she couldn’t be that good. What’s up with her face, she looks different?

  • bluegreen

    I dont have a problem with body doubles, but give credit where credit is due. That is something Natalie hasn’t done. She didnt deserve the Oscar. But she’s Jewish, she’s got connections.

  • any

    @7
    Maybe he meant they did not use a lot of real dance sequences. I remember they focused more on her face and on torso movements. Anyway, I can’t remember another movie on ballet with professional actors playing dancers roles where the result was so credible. Of course, ballet lovers can see the “machinery” in the stage scenes, and anybody can understand she simply cannot perform footwork and diagonals. but overall, I think the result was acceptable and as an actress she was great.
    When he says she is 85% of the movie I agree since she made this movie a great one – script, direction, ballet quality and other actors being pretty average to me.

  • Chelsea

    This is the article about Sarah Lane, her body double.

    http://www.dancemagazine.com/blogs/wendy/3733

    Kind of despicable that Natalie didn’t give her a shout-out at the Oscars. I don’t care if she “trained” for 5 months—that doesn’t make you a ballerina to a professional standard. I have feeling there was a lot more of Sarah Lane in Black Swan than people are admitting.

  • Tasah

    I’ve studied ballet since I was 3. Natalie is not a professional, clearly, but thats not the point of the film. She did a really good job in my opinion. The choreography highlighted what can be learned- arm movements, while straying away from complicated footwork. I think Benjamin did a fantastic job and so did Natalie. I just don’t think he should downplay the body double’s work, afterall the feet are very important in ballet.

  • Krauss

    Darren Aronofsky strongly denied the use of a body-double and now he is eating his words.

  • bebot

    the fur on her coat is clearly fake. however she says she is vegan and yet she does not wear vegan makeup, did not use it during the whole awards season.

  • Gorgegeorge

    She clearly did not get the glowing part of pregnancy.

  • SerenaDou

    Actually she trained for an entire year, and took lessons as a child. As someone who dances I can say that with therighht training she very easily could have done 85% of the work. As someone who also took lessons as a child, left it for theater and softball, and then got back in at 18 I find that the movemements and the grace all comes back with a little bit of effort. Plus, none of the dancing in their was so spectacular that someone with moderate amount of skills couldn’t do it. Thirdly, the fur is fake, People’s Style Watch always lists it in their ‘ most needed’ and Dior makeup is one of many brands that have turned vegan in the past couple years. And that Sarah Lane girl sounds like a bitch, she already said she disliked Natalie because of how Benjamin broke up with his other girl to be with her, check Glamour Magazine sometimes.

  • serena

    Actually she trained for an entire year, and took lessons as a child. As someone who dances I can say that with therighht training she very easily could have done 85% of the work. As someone who also took lessons as a child, left it for theater and softball, and then got back in at 18 I find that the movemements and the grace all comes back with a little bit of effort. Plus, none of the dancing in their was so spectacular that someone with moderate amount of skills couldn’t do it. Thirdly, the fur is fake, People’s Style Watch always lists it in their ‘ most needed’ and Dior makeup is one of many brands that have turned vegan in the past couple years. And that Sarah Lane girl sounds like a bitch, she already said she disliked Natalie because of how Benjamin broke up with his other girl to be with her, check Glamour Magazine

  • yay

    ugly

  • norwegian

    when’s fake lips and mini-pehnus gettin’ hitched?

  • Bellatrix

    @SerenaDou: sorry but uh her makeup at the oscars was NOT vegan.

  • randi

    No one is interested in this guy anymore, so he is desperate to get publicity for himself via Natalie. Pathetic.

  • Hi

    @randi: I honestly don’t think he is doing it for fame. He is very, very talented.

  • Greta

    Just the footwork? The foot and the leg work…the lower body work was Sarah Lane. The feet….are THE most important part of a ballerina…so, to say JUST the foot work…is insulting to the hard work and sacrifice that ballerina’s make to achieve that level of expertise!
    They played it up and intentionally made it appear as Miss Portman did ALL the dancing…and now they have to fess up….of course she did not. They should have been upfront from the start, but they didn’t want to risk the Oscar!
    Portman didn’t even thank Sarah Lane at the Oscars!!!!

  • Alana

    I’m sure she didn’t expect Natalie to say she did 90% of the dancing if she didn’t actually do it. That would piss me off too. Natalie is an actress and there’s no shame in having a body double do the dancing, so why lie about it? Don’t take credit for something you didn’t do. It’s going to come out eventually.

    Also to demand that the dancer give no interviews probably helped in Natalie Oscar quest. ‘Natalie suffers for her art! Her feet were bleeding from all that dancing’ Blah.

    I can’t stand the disingenuous, snotty Portman or her skeevy baby daddy

  • Love baby

    Almost all the dace was Pro-Ballerina and then they add CGI NP.

  • Vegan

    @Bellatrix:

    Maybe she’s only 85% vegan, like her ballet skills?

  • serena

    @ Alana

    Know your facts. The Body double gave several interviews. They aren’t going to have her on tv because who cares about her? You don’t see Darren being interviewed there or anyone else but Mila and Natalie. And all the interviews she said she ONLY DID THE FEET WORK. Its the idiots, like most people posting here, who are making it suck a huge shit storm.

  • Greta

    @serena:
    It’s the idiots?!?!? You need to get your facts straight, feet, leg and lower body work….all of the pirouettes and the fouettes!
    You cannot become a prima ballerina in a year…it is insulting to all dancers who work their asses off to suggest it.
    The studio was purposely misleading to secure her the Oscar….that’s a fact. Now, she has to listen to the music….but, she has the Oscar safely at home.

  • trace

    @Vegan: lol!

  • Dee

    Those who think that Natalie will turn out to be like a professional ballerina after a year of rigorous training that she won’t be needing any body doubles are IDIOTS…. Besides she won numerous awards for her acting in BlackSwan, not for her ability to dance ballet, but if that’s not the case like the pathetic haters always like to interject…. then every single actor in every single movie with a dance theme should be an Oscar winner as well

  • mln

    i remember reading before i went that she did 90% of her dancing- then i saw the movie and i understood. maybe 80% of what they showed was upper body movements and simple foot work. i find it very hard to believe that someone who studied dance as a child (not a teen) and trained for 6 months nailed those fouettes en pointe and make it look like a pro. unless they did a ton of takes. and i speak from experience.

    now on the other hand- she shouldn’t have to be a pro dancer too- she’s an actress. but as others have said above- there is no shame in that as long as you give credit where credit is due.

  • Jokergurl

    Before all of you PETA vegans freak out that is FAKE fur, if she had a body double for the dancing it’s reasonable because ballet is very hard to do, especially if you’ve never done it. Your muscles just go in fatigue sometimes doing it and the balance it requires is amazing. She looks like a ballet dancer (physique wise) but to look professional, sometimes it takes a professional. Natalie did an amazing job, ballet takes years of discipline and repetition so your muscle memory can get your body to do things it wouldn’t normally do.

  • Natalie Never

    What’s up with all these nonsense body double doing all the dance crap? Natalie already won the Oscar… and a little advise to you Sara Lane, if you want some 15 seconds of fame aside from the fact that you got paid for doing your job, why not jump from the Empire Building no? @vegan hahahahahaha

  • Ilana

    1. Who cares if she had a body double?!?! She’s an actress not a dancer and she still trained for a year for that role and lost 9kgs to look more authentic for the part.
    2. Her fur coat is obviously a fake. Just look at it. Secondly if she takes the effort to make her own vegan footwear brand, eat like a vegan I doubt she’s giving up her values for a fur hood.
    Thirdly her lips have always been like that. Maybe you have saggy thin lips naturally but if you look at interviews of her as a prepubescent kid they’re still pouty.
    4. @ bluegreen, her judiasm had nothing to do with her getting an oscar. your racism makes me sick

  • Abt ballerina.

    Benjamin Millepied, keep silence.
    There’s nothing Benjie choreographed for natalie.
    All ballet concered know.

    Benjamin Millepied, Body double is over.
    Take care of your lovely ballet girlfriend(American Ballet Theatre).
    Not natalie portman.

    Black swan is not a ballet cinema.

  • Abt ballerina.

    Benjamin Millepied, you make a trouble intentionally,
    Say nothing about natalie portman.
    Who is your master? green? blue?
    green.

    Oh, no.

  • meh

    Stop saying she won the Oscar thanks to her double’s ballet job. She won because of her acting ability. Make me an example of a professional ballerina who won an Oscar…
    Finally, there is nothing to praise on her double dancing…the ballet scenes were mediocre, I haven’t see any Pavlova or Fontayn. I know there’s plenty of hard work to become a professional ballerina, but there are tons of girls who can perform fouettes out there. And nobody of them wins Oscars because of that.
    I think they gave exactly the due credit to the double for the job done, no more no less. I didn’t know who she was before the movie came out, now I know her and I would be pleased to see her performing a real ballet. She gained visibility, I am sure she is fine with this.

  • ACC

    Ok, first of all, the Oscars is an ACTING award. Yes, Natalie plays a ballet dancer, but she did not win for her dancing. Come on guys! She won for her emotional role as a determined/obsessive/crazzzyyy dancer trying to be the best dancer she can be, and if you’ve seen the film, you would know this. Should she have not received the Oscar because she didn’t do the footwork and FEW of the body work in the scenes? Again, if you’ve actually seen the film, it’s Natalie as an actress NOT as a dancer that shines. Otherwise, you guys are just being negative and jealous for no reason.

    And second, I’ve read and seen many interviews for this film. She has mentioned her double MANY times and has given credit to many of the other dancers as well. People (and the double) should look these articles/videos up before making assumptions. Unfortunately, she forgot to mention her double in the award show, but honestly, when do actors EVER mention doubles or half the people Natalie thanked at the Oscars??

    Anyway, if you guys haven’t seen the film, please watch it. She had me and a lot of people at the edges of our seat, and based on the other actresses that were nominated, Natalie truly deserved her win.

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