Sweet Lips Weighs In

By March 29, 2011Nat-news

Mila ‘Sweet Lips’ Kunis has now also come out with her thoughts on LaneGate. At this point I think Natalie is the only one who hasn’t commented on it, although we’ll see how long that lasts if she has to face reporters for Your Highness and Thor promotion.

“Natalie danced her a– off,” says Kunis. “I think it’s unfortunate that this is coming out and taking attention away from [the praise] Natalie deserved and got.”
Kunis also says Portman has been honest about how much of the demanding footwork she was — and wasn’t — able to do. “She’ll tell you [that], no, she was not on pointe when she did a fouetté [turn]. No one’s going to deny that. But she did do every ounce of every one of her dances,” she says. “[Lane] wasn’t used for everything. It was more like a safety net. If Nat wasn’t able to do something, you’d have a safety net. The same thing that I had — I had a double as a safety net. We all did. No one ever denied it.”


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  • DavidK says:

    Howard Stern just defended Nat and then said nice things about her arse in Your Highness, before being (mis)informed about her using a body double.

  • jen.evar says:

    Mila has it right. Throughout the Black Swan interviews it seemed that Natalie was the first one to admit what she could and couldn’t do and in admitting she would mention Sarah Lane, often by name.

  • dominik.doren says:

    wow… I’m from Chile, and I’ve been reading comments for all this situation and in every comment you can read taht Nat deserve the Oscar for her acting in the movie; that with a double or not, she would be receiving the Oscar after all. We love her here!

  • Noel1 says:

    As a Professional Ballet dancer I can see from Natalie s Upper Body that She is Not a dancer. Im positive all the Dancing was Done by Sarah Lane. It is a shame that Hollywood needs to Degrade the Arts. This Movie was laughed at by the Professional dancers all around the World. Whats Next? She will Study for a yaer and become a Violinist?

  • Jecca101 says:

    No one is denying that Natalie didn’t work hard. The discussion is on whether her “hard word” made her dance like a professional ballerina. At least five of the most difficult sequences all used head replacements and when I first watched the movie I really thought Natalie had danced them. I’m sorry but that is just deception at it’s worst to imply that she had danced them, especially during interviews or in videos about making the movie.

    In Natalie’s defense she did not once say she did all of the work and even mentioned Sarah on a number of occasions. I blame THE STUDIO and the DIRECTOR for the charade — they are the ones that ASKED SARAH LANE NOT TO SPEAK TO THE PRESS UNTIL AFTER THE OSCARS AND LEFT SARAH’S HEAD REPLACEMENT OUT OF THE “SPECIAL EFFECTS” VIDEO.

    I do really believe that Natalie did danced all of the sequences on her own, she had too in order to get the proper head alignment to put on Sarah’s body. AND Natalie really is in 85-90% of the dancing without Sarah’s help!

  • omgzrachel says:

    Noel1, you say that Sarah Lane did ALL the dancing in the film, yet then go on to say that the movie was mocked by the dance community. One of the reasons it was so lambasted was because a lot of the dancing was not being done at professional level (it was called stiff, graceless, amateur, etc.) while the audience is to believe that Nina is a principle dancer. So you’re claiming Sarah Lane, a talented ballerina who has been dancing for years, is responsible for that? I think not. There is no argument that Sarah (and don’t forget poor overlooked Kimberly Prosa) didn’t do all of the professional dancing seen in the film, but the vast majority of the dancing in the film is shot from the waist up and obviously not being done by a pro. Just because Natalie Portman wasn’t doing technical ballet doesn’t mean she wasn’t dancing her parts. I don’t get why this concept is so difficult to grasp.

    If anyone really believes that all of the dancing was capably being done by an actress, then like Jecca101 pointed out, that is the fault of the film studio for perpetuating a myth for the sake of promotion and campaigning. Natalie always made it a point in interviews to stress that ballet is not something that can just be picked up or learned in a year, even with previous experience, and is something that takes many years of dedicated work. And despite Sarah’s claims otherwise, Natalie mentioned her by name and stated that she required dance doubles multiple times.

  • jen.evar says:

    People need to remember that Black Swan is a movie. It’s not like anyone who saw it witnessed a city ballet company butchering Swan Lake by casting a girl in the lead role who didn’t belong. Natalie is an actress and prepared for the role she was given. That’s all there is to it. Stunts are used, doubles are used, and it is all part of the show. It doesn’t matter how crossed the T’s were when it came to Natalie’s figure or anything like that. She got the basics down and she did an extraordinary job given the circumstances, time frame, and shooting schedule. People need to get over themselves and stop acting like a superstar dance critic when it comes to this movie. It was a movie. Like it or you don’t.

  • Joba says:

    I actually felt sympathy for Sarah when this started, but that’s over. Nat did a great job, and because of the links that this site provides, thx dazza, I’ve seen how much credit nat and everyone else gave the backups. This chick has gone off the deepend. And I doubt the world of cinema will ever see her again.

  • narkel says:

    It really does not matter if the producers or anyone wanted to hide some facts, ’cause the lead actress ALWAYS admitted she got help and always remarked that point.

    Noel1, degrading the arts? The problem with this is sometimes people can’t understand this is a movie (an independet movie not the usual Hollywood movie). It takes some elements from reality but in the end, the result is gonna be what movie needs. Natalie is NOT a dancer (even if she took ballet classes as a child), she only worked to make her role believable not to be the principal dancer next season.

    And you say ALL THE DANCERS in the world laughed at this movie. Really? Then you should be ashamed and angry because all these people (not just Sarah Lane, also Kimberly Prosa, Benjamin Millepied and Mary Helen Bowers) and also all the other dancers that helped in this movie did a TERRIBLE job then. Blame them because the director/cast trusted these people to make the work and to offer advice and, in your opinion, they were a total failure.

  • spoonbat says:



    Funny how some things don’t change no matter what veneer of bullshit is plastered onto it….

  • dazza says:

    Okay, Spoon, I’ve tried to be patient with you but you’re clearly a full blown troll now. The positive credits that you accrued over the years have now all been used up. You won’t change so I’m not even going to put a time limit on this ban. It’s permanent.

  • AMSSERME says:

    Man,spoonbat seems to have something personal against Ben.What Ben said in his last interview was confirmed by Darren Aronofsky,so whats the problem?Because Ben trained Natalie?Thats what he was hired to do.Why he is a golddigger?Because Natalie fell in love with him?Natalie is free to choose the person she loves.Thats personal,and it should be respected.GOD,there are people who don’t recognize Natalie’s right to be happy.