Natalie Portman's dance double: Sarah Lane 'just did the footwork,' says Benjamin Millepied
Dance Magazine is now reporting that Fox Searchlight producers had asked Lane to stop giving interviews until after the Oscars in an attempt to give Portman more credit than she may have deserved.
"They were trying to create this façade that she had become a ballerina in a year and a half," Lane is quoted as saying. "So I knew they didn't want to publicize anything about me."
Part of said façade included a glaring omission from Portman's Best Actress acceptance speech and a misleading IMDB credit. Something Dance Magazine refers to as a "blackout."
The actress' fiance and choreographer Benjamin Millepied is defending his lady love's honor, telling the LA Times that, "Honestly, 85% of that movie is Natalie."
He adds, "There are articles now talking about her dance double that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work, but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio."
Dance Magazine disagrees, claiming that "All the pirouettes, the full-body shots, and just-the-legs shots were [Lane]."
The ballerina, who seems to be caught in the middle here, insists that she doesn't need recognition, but merely wants the dance profession to get the credit it deserves.
"As professional dancers, we work so hard, but people can actually believe that it's easy enough to do it in a year," Lane complains. "That's the thing that bothered me the most."
[Update:] Lane spoke with Entertainment Weekly following Millepied's LA Times interview, saying, "Of the full body shots, I would say 5% are Natalie."
She also adds, "The shots that are just her face with arms, those shots are definitely Natalie. But that doesn't show the actual dancing."
You can see Lane for yourself in the visual effects video below, which illustrates the before and after of Portman's face replacement. There is currently no comment from team Portman on the situation thus far.