Stuntmen/Women Are Not “Shadows”

After reading the article on the internet about the complaint of Natalie Portman’s double, ballerina Sarah Lane, in the movie “Black Swan” and read the negative comments about her, I couldn’t help but sympathize with Sarah Lane. How would you feel if you’re not given credit for all the hard works you’ve done just so the other person, in this case Natalie Portman, could take credit for your hard work and all the expertise you had shown in the project that you mastered for years? And how would you feel if you’re told to shut up about your contribution to the project just so the other person could pretend that it only takes a short time to master your craft? It’s adding salt to injury for an honest and hard working artist! I’m not saying that Natalie Portman is not an honest and hard working artist, but since she actually tried to take credit for Sarah Lane’s hard work by not mentioning Sarah Lane’s name when she accepted the award, well, it’s up to you, reader, to decide if you could call what Natalie Portman did “honest”. I think the ones who made negative comments about Sarah Lane, just because Sarah Lane voiced out how she felt that her part in the movie was never mentioned, don’t value other people’s hard work and obviously have no respect for other people. Just because doubles don’t get mentioned doesn’t mean that it should be that way! I think it’s time for doubles to get mentioned and the hard works they had contributed. They may have accepted the part to be “someone else’s shadow” like one of the commenter’s put it, but that doesn’t mean that doubles are shadows! Stuntmen/women are people and they should be recognized for their talents. They’re professionals and should be treated as such. They shouldn’t be exploited like they don’t know their rights. It’s unfair of Natalie Portman to not mention her double’s name and the efforts her double made to make the movie more interesting. I mean, come on, give credit where credit is due. Personally, I don’t find “Black Swan” interesting. I don’t even think it deserves an award and I know for certain that I’m not the only one who thinks that way. One of the people who worked behind the movie, “Lord of the Rings”, said that if it was up to him the movie, “Black Swan”, wouldn’t even be made.

To those who haven’t yet read the article, here’s the link:

2 Responses to Stuntmen/Women Are Not “Shadows”

  1. David says:

    I believe anyone who works on a movie, down to the catering crew, gets credit after the movie, so I’m not sure what the stunt ballerina is upset about. It would be nice if Natalie Portman would give credit where credit is due, but the only credit a stunt double gets is their name on the end credits.
    Personally, I always credit the ‘little person’. If I see the janitor working diligently in the bathroom cleaning up, I try to say something nice. But I don’t expect it from others. I believe the ballerina should be grateful in her talent and knowledge that she did a good job, thankful for the money, and move on. I understand the human need for recognition, but like Saint Faustina, I try to not pay attention to the material world. We’d all be better if we knew we’re living for the life after this one…

  2. tacelle says:

    This is a really nice post. I haven’t seen the movie actually. Just the trailer and summer and i was like “blah.” But then again, she was a double and she’s paid to stay on the background and perhaps be anonymous until the end credits. As much as it’s human need to ask for recognition, our Faith as Christians tell us to be humble. If we did something good, then fine, let’s feel good about that but i don’t think we should be waving it around like a flag for everyone to see ’cause the truth of the matter is, whatever good that we do, we don’t do it by ourselves. These talents that we have, aren’t even ours at all. She was a good dancer and i think it should’ve been enough for her knowing she did her best and she’s made use of her talent.

    I used to be a part of our high school publication team and during my senior years, i try to see each trainee’s effort and thank them. I myself don’t even get all the credits i deserve but hey, it doesn’t really matter. When go to the pearly gates one day, i don’t think Our Father would ask “so, did you get credit for the talents i gave you?” Ironically, why should we even demand credit for what was only given to us? As long as each activity be done for the Lord, that would be enough. For me at least. I’d rather receive a pat on the back from our Lord than a round of applause from humans.

    Just my opinion on the topic! Nice posts by the way. God bless! :)

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