The iconic film Black Swan had the unforgettable performances of Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, who were fierce rivals in the film.
Black Swan is undoubtedly one of the most iconic films in Hollywood history. It starred Natalie Portman in one of the most important roles of her career, accompanied by another extraordinary actress such as Mila Kunis.
Directed by Darren Aronofsky, the plot tells the story of a dancer who begins to lose her sense of reality when a newcomer partner threatens to usurp her position in the lead role of “Swan Lake.”
Beyond the madness of the protagonist, one of the richest points of the plot was the magnificent performance of the main couple: Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.
The actresses gave life to Nina and Lily respectively, two talented dancers who fought for the main role in the ballet work.
During the film, the rivalry between the two felt absolutely real. What’s more, critics praised the work of both actresses, referring to the excellent preparation they had done for filming.
But the truth is that this confrontation that we saw in fiction was also encouraged (although apparently not without much success) by the director of the film himself, Aronofsky. According to what they said, the filmmaker influenced the rivalry between his main artists to be more real in front of the cameras.
In a note to Vogue, Natalie Portman revealed how Aronofsky behaved on the set of Black Swan. “She would say, ‘Oh, Mila is doing a really good job. She’s so much better than you.’ She would tell us things about each other to make us jealous. I think she was trying to create a real-life rivalry between us.” “he confessed.
Aronofsky has a reputation for being an extremely strict director, so this strategy of confronting his protagonists and further heating up their rivalry should not surprise us. However, he draws powerful attention as he coincides with the excellent role played by both Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis.