Natalie Portman has been called many things over the past few months: superstar, A-lister, Oscar winner. But today she is being called something else: big, fat, dirty liar.
Okay, maybe not big or fat, but the dance community is certainly unhappy with Portman, as the latest issue of Dance Magazine contains allegations from Portman's dancing double on "Black Swan" that Portman didn't actually do the legwork in her Oscar winning performance.
And that Oscar backlash should be hitting right about... now.
"They were trying to create this facade that she had become a ballerina in a year and a half," dancing double Sarah Lane said in the Dance Magazine interview, claiming that Fox Searchlight ordered her to stop giving interviews during award season in order to hush up her role in the movie. "So I knew they didn't want to publicize anything about me."
She went on to add, "how unfortunate it is that, as professional dancers, we work so hard, but people can actually believe that it's easy enough to do it in a year. That's the thing that bothered me the most."
As E! Online points out, this is just the latest controversy for Portman, who has become a popular target seemingly from the moment she hit the stage to accept her Academy Award for her role in "Black Swan" as a ballerina who becomes unhinged after landing the lead role in "Swan Lake."
First, women's groups got their knickers in a twist over Portman's comments that motherhood is the "most important role" of her life (something that anyone who has seen "No Strings Attached" or "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" will likely agree with) and then Presidential wannabe Mike Huckabee tried to make cheap political hay by kvetching about Portman supposedly "glamorizing" unwed pregnancy.
But while those teapot-based tempests just show the kind of crap celebrities have to deal with once they become successful, the allegations by Lane are a bit more serious, as they call into question the very reasons Portman won the Oscar in the first place. Lane, it should be noted, is listed simply as an extra in the "Black Swan" credits, rather than a double -- and if you ask Portman's baby daddy, "Black Swan" choreographer Benjamin Millepied, this is all just a case of sour grapes.
"There are articles now talking about her dance double [American Ballet Theatre dancer Sarah Lane] that are making it sound like [Lane] did a lot of the work," Millepied told the Los Angeles Times, "but really, she just did the footwork, and the fouettés, and one diagonal [phrase] in the studio. Honestly, 85-percent of that movie is Natalie."
Ballerinas having a throw-down catfight? Looks like, controversy or not, "Black Swan" got it right after all.