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Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied Take A Taxi

Natalie Portman & Benjamin Millepied Take A Taxi

Natalie Portman covers her face with a tote bag as she leaves a building with fiance Benjamin Millepied on Sunday (March 27) in New York City.

Last week, American Ballet Theatre soloist Sarah Lane claimed that in filming for Black Swan, “On the full body shots, I would say 5% are Natalie. All the other shots are me.” Lane was responding to an interview with choreographer Benjamin Millepied who said, “Honestly, 85 percent of that movie is Natalie.”

Fox Searchlight released a statement over the weekend: “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. However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film.”

FYI: Natalie is wearing the “Woolen Trench” in caviar black from the Isabella Oliver Maternity Collection.

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They should have been honest, but everyone – including Natalie – got greedy for the Oscar.

hollywood @ 03/28/2011 at 9:28 pm

she got fat

@ Helen – Agree with you and others who’ve said the cover-up is the real issue. I really don’t think people care if Natalie had a body double or didn’t do a majority of the dancing (specifically the footwork). I think the real issue is that everyone lied about it: first Darren Aronofsky, then the studio, then Natalie in their desire for critical recognition and awards. Now they all look silly because they’ve been caught in their lies. And rushing to defend Natalie in the press (first Millepied then the studio) just makes it look worse. I saw all the films of the best actress performances last year and Portman was not my pick. But I knew she would win because of her heavy Oscar campaign tactics. Now her other Oscar nominated performance in 2004′s Closer (with Julia Roberts, Clive Owen and Jude Law) was Oscar-worthy in my opinion. Not Black Swan.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a comments from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

here’s a post from x17

Of course director Darren Aronofsky had to come to Portman’s defends the producer’s portrayed Portman as a prodigy and became a premier ballerina over night during award season and Natalie went along with this lie. They are not going to back track now when she’s won so many awards for the movie so they’re going to cover their asses. Unfortunately for them no one believes their lies the public at large is not stupid we have eyes.

tainted oscar!!!!

bridesmaid @ 03/28/2011 at 10:42 pm

Portman’s confidence–only jealous people see it as arrogance–comes from her talent. They should have given Lane more credit, but clearly Lane’s just fameballing now, using someone else’s success to catapult herself into celebrity. Good luck with that after everyone but IMDB haters forgets this “controversy.”

@Jill: You mean Jolie? The husband stealing, the PR image. Jennifer is too plain to even need any coverups.

Nat best Actor NOT best Dancer @ 03/29/2011 at 1:03 am

Who cares what X17 says ? Have you ever read the crap they come up with about Brad and Angie. Pure and uttter nonsense 95% of the timee.
The award handed to Natalie Portman was an oscar for best actress and she won it fair and square. The and Natalie has the award at home biggest mistake is Natalie Portman not giving the extra (sorry i forgot her name) a sincere Thank you .Yes gratitude should have been the first connection. Other than that there is nothing left to say. Maybe she forgot as alot of them do or she couldn’t remember names as what happens apparently up on that stage knowing you are looking out at millions of ppl all over the world.
I read that the movie was suppose to be a small Indie movie but is doing great at the BO. Alot more money then what they thought so it must be a good movie.

There is nothing wrong with a body double. There is something wrong however with lying about it.

but hey “lying is the most fun a girl can have without taking her clothes off” …….ha but natalie did that too. Thats all it takes to win an Oscar.

rumor is she’s due this summer, but i think thats off

Cecille'D @ 03/29/2011 at 1:49 am

@JOAN: you know what, Natalie Portman is a smart actress. Why would u say those things about her? Just remember, NOBODY is perfect. To say those things about her, doesn’t makes u look better than her.

Lol the fact that people think Sarah is looking to get famous are in denial. She is a dancer. A spot on TMZ is not what she is going for, it will not enhance her career. She was responding to Benjamin, a collegue whom she clearly respected.

How is it sketchy that Natalie won an Oscar for playing a dancer when she’s not a dancer? She’s an ACTRESS and that’s what the Oscar awards are given out for – ACTING, not dancing. I’m not even a fan of Natalie’s, but this whole controversy is ridiculous and I completely agree with Celia’s comment.

Grandma of Four @ 03/29/2011 at 5:20 am

Honestly, this whole “who did the dancing” thing is redicilous! BM did NOT say that 85% of the DANCING was NP….He said 85% of the MOVIE was NP! NP was hired to do the ACTING….of a very complicated part….and was duly rewarded and awarded! SL was hired as a BODY DOUBLE to do the dancing that NP did not have the training for years to do! This is the MOVIES…you know, MAKE BELIEVE…BODY DOUBLES (yes, that includes DANCING doubles) and stunt folks work in movies all the time! I would bet at this point, SL is wishing she had kept her mouth shut and not made such a fuss! She was hired to do a job; she did it; end of story! Do not think Hollywood is going to come calling again for her dancing skills!

lexy hates bilson @ 03/29/2011 at 6:34 am

Give the body double “credit” – did the body double do this for free?? Did she not receive a pay check??
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Wow I hope to see all you haters crying foul when all the male-dominated summer “blockbusters” come out where we KNOW the lead actors – like Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman & Co., Chris Evans – aren’t doing their own stunts in those summer block busters!!! I expect to see all of you complaining about body doubles doing most of the work while the actors get all the credit – and money!!!

I agree there is absolutely nothing sketchy about Natalie’s oscar. The Oscar was given for her PORTRAYAL of a CHARACTER who happened to be a ballerina. A portrayal is just that – fiction, make believe, pretend – not the real thing – don’t people have any imagination? And as far as the character when, I thought Natalie absolutely nailed it. I can’t imagine anyone else in that role just like I can’t imagine anyone other than Sissy Spacek playing Carrie. When I saw Black Swan I was watching Nina Sayers, not Natalie Portman who I may agree or disagree with over an opinion in real life – and THAT is good acting. When Natalie spoke about how hard she trained I only ever took it to mean that it was hard work to get her body looking anywhere close to credible to the untrained eye as a ballerina, not that she was actually BECOMMING a ballerina. I agree it would have been very nice for Natalie to thank Sarah Lane at the oscar’s since she’s dedicated her whole life to a craft which is no less than acting. However, I think if Sarah wants awards/fame she should stick to trying to find that in the dance arena rather than taking jobs as stunt doubles – she is a ballet soloist after all. I think the reason Nat didn’t mention her wasn’t so much a “cover up” but rather that it is not the usual protocol for actors to thank their body doubles.

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