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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Black Swan

The 2010 film Black Swan is about ballerinas, played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, competing for the lead role in a New York City ballet company production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. It is not only a dance movie, but a look into the psyche of a performing artist reaching for perfection in a cutthroat world. It's also been described as a horror film. Black Swan was a box office hit, and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Natalie Portman won for Best Actress. Some amazing things went on behind the scenes, too.

10. Natalie Portman is a big reason why this film was made.

Portman trained for a year in ballet and did so in the hope that this movie would be made. She even paid for the lessons out of her own pocket.

5. Portman suffered an injury during filming.

She dislocated a rib during a lift and had to give up her trailer in order to pay for the treatment she needed. It took a while to recover and they lifted her from the armpits afterward.

Read more about Black Swan at TVOM. 

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Other things you didn’t know: the black and white swan costumes are not actually danceable (they would be impossible to partner in properly) and real ballet executives/producers live in one bedroom apartments with cockroaches
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