How ‘Black Swan’ Nearly Killed Natalie Portman: ‘I Thought I Literally Was Going To Die’

Filming Black Swan a difficult process for Natalie Portman. The actress had to suffer several injuries while painting the perfect ballerina. As if her pointe shoes were enough, the movie star put her rib behind the scenes and came to a conclusion.

In the end, it was all worth it, as she won the Oscar for best actress that year. Still, Portman says there is a star inside Black Swan she almost killed her. She said, “I thought I was going to die. ”

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Natalie Portman put her heart and soul into the role of Nina Sayers

Portman admits how challenging it was to play the ambitious ballerina. While the petite actress is already, she had to lose 20 pounds for the role. With her hunger somewhat exhausted, she was expected to still train in ballet every day. The working days lasted up to 16-hours, and the process adversely affected Portman’s well-being.

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Natalie Portman | Jason Merritt / WireImage

Staying on just carrots and almonds through the filming process, Portman really started to get into her character, Nina Sayers. Although she had no plans for the methodical acting mode to take the film, it happened organically.

“It was the first time I realized how to get so wrapped up in a job that it would take you down,” she said. Weekly entertainment.

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‘Black Swan’ Press Conference – 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Jason Merritt / Getty Images

according to NPR, not only did she remove a rib in the filming process, but her nails fell off.

“But it was not the end of the world,” she said. “Real dancers dance with such incredible wonders. It is a nightmare to be replaced once they have reached the top. So they dance with a sprained ankle or a torn plantar fascia or a twisted neck to make sure they can hold the moment. ”

Natalie Portman thought she was going to die while filming ‘Black Swan’

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Portman ‘s commitment to the role was so great that the actor thought she was going to die. Not only did she have to work before and after work, but she danced for hours during the day amid the injuries she sustained.

“There were some nights when I literally thought I was going to die,” she told Entertainment Weekly. according to Vogue, the film’s budget was so tight that she couldn’t afford medication. But because her injury was so severe, she was willing to give up her trailer to get help for her physical well-being.

The next day, her trailer was gone.

The director of ‘The Black Swan’ tried to create tension between Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis will attend the New York Premiere of 'Black Swan' at the Ziegfeld Theater on November 30, 2010 in New York City
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis will attend the New York Premiere of ‘Black Swan’ at the Ziegfeld Theater on November 30, 2010 in New York City | Michael N. Todaro / FilmMagic

The director of Black SwanDarren Aronofsky, in his effort to confront Mila Kunis and Portman, tried to confront each other. He did this to create better on-screen tension between the two competing characters throughout the film. It made them differentiate during the filming process so as not to compare acting modes.

“I didn’t want them to compare notes,” Aronofsky told Vogue. “I wanted them to come from different places.”

Despite Aronofsky’s best efforts to create warmth between the actors, Kunis and Portman were already good friends long before they were filmed. Because of this, any attempts to generate conflict between Kunis and Portman did not work.

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