Although internet rumors claimed that Kunis and Portman had to get drunk to film that scene, Kunis denied it. This is not the first time that Portman had a difficult time with racy content.
It was quite a departure for both of them. To hammer home the idea of doubles, the film places reflective surfaces in almost every shot — except for the climax. To give them a sense of continuity, Aronofsky had cinematographer Matthew Libatque shoot them in the same grainy, muted aesthetic. The film was originally intended to be about New York theatre and was rewritten as a supernatural ballet thriller.
It would be 10 years before the script was finished. However, Aronofsky went with Winona Ryder at the last minute — in an inspired stunt casting choice. Mila Kunis never formally auditioned for the part. This is likely because of the resemblance between Kunis and Portman, who are more similar than Portman would be to the very blonde Blake Lively. Kunis is also a better aesthetic fit for Aronofsky, who aside from the gracefully octogenarian Ellen Burstyn always has pretty dark-haired women in his movies, and the naturally blonde Evan Rachel Wood went brunette for The Wrestler.
I think this makes Darren Aronofsky Ron Swanson. They do both have mustaches. Both Kunis and Portman had previous ballet experience, as Natalie Portman practiced ballet for nine years as a child and trained for a year to prepare for the role. She even paid for her own ballet lessons. Aronofsky credits this drive for getting the film made and investors to believe in the project.
Kunis had to work every day for three months with a trainer to get up to par, and Portman lost 20 pounds to transform her body.
Winona Ryder only went to one dance lesson as a child and hated it. But we still love her anyway. Although Barbara Hershey started out in less disturbing fare, like Hoosiers, The Natural and Hannah and Her Sisters, her late career has been defined by letting her freak flag fly.
And her only Oscar nomination. Barbara Hershey was born to play crazy. The two are separated by a year-age gap, making Hershey a cougar. You can totally tell. In other hot gossip, Natalie Portman met her future husband, Benjamin Millepied, while filming Black Swan, as Millepied was the choregrapher. He and Portman announced their relationship after filming wrapped.
You know how Taylor Swift has dated everyone? She once went steady with Tom, the random dude Portman hooks up with in a club, played by Toby Hemingway. Weisz met Daniel Craig while they were filming Dream House and both dating other people.
Mirren, considered one of the biggest Oscar landslides ever, won Clearly her performance left an impression on some voters. The principals on the show all had to be 18 to be cast, and Kunis lied about her age to get the part — saying she would be turning To come up with his eerie take on it, Mansell played it backwards.
A physically demanding shoot, Natalie Portman was injured numerous times during filming, including a getting hefty concussion.
Portman also spent six weeks in recovery after twisting a rib. She was told she would have to choose between them.
She picked the medic and the trailer was cut. Also, the scene of Portman receiving physical therapy in the film is real.
In addition to the physical concerns, Portman was also worried about her voice, which Aronofsky wanted to be more girlish. While filming Closer, Mike Nichols constantly criticized her for the natural childishness of her voice, which he forced her to work with vocal coaches on to improve. While filming, Darren Aronofsky reportedly screwed with Natalie Portman, because he was worried that she and Mila Kunis had become overly close as friends, and he wanted to add to the tension between the two.
He even went so far as to text each actress about the other at the end of each day to instill jealousy. During the scene where Nina informs her mother that she landed the part of the Swan Queen, Aronofsky was on the line with Portman instead of Barbara Hershey — who was unavailable that day. Also, the message written in lipstick on the mirror? Weisblum also mentioned that he had a difficult time knowing which shots were Lane and which were Portman during editing.
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