Despite real news stories that significantly impact millions of people, such as the ongoing insurgency in Libya and the international community's military reactions, continued nuclear fallout in Japan, and Canada's upcoming election, the Web is rocked today by the shocking news that Natalie Portman used a body double! According to sources, an experienced dancer provided many, if not most, of the complex ballet scenes in the movie Black Swan. Fans are horrified to learn that Portman's self-emaciation may have been her only contribution to the Oscar she won.
However, movie fans should long remember other examples of stars who used a body double to perform tasks they themselves were not sufficiently trained for:
Jennifer Beals had another dancer stand in for most of the “Flash Dance”performance pieces, including the famous "water drop" strip scene.
The hands performing the cooking in "Julie/Julia" were not Amy Adams‘s, but those of Martha Stewart.
In "Rambo", Sylvester Stallone is seen stitching his arm without the benefit of anaesthetic. However, the arm was not his but belonged to "Swamp Thing"actress Adrianne Barbeau who had passed out in his trailer earlier that day.
While it appears Elizabeth Taylor fought with Richard Burton and threw her scotch glass at him during the drunk rampage scenes in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe?", it was actually an unscripted moment when Zsa Zsa Gabor snuck onto the set in a jealous rage. Director Mike Nicols decided to keep the scene.
The popular Flintstones episode "The Swimming Pool", required Barney to float on his back. Due to a genetic condition that caused a significant imbalance in the ration of his body fat to muscle, a swimming stand-in was required. While Wally Gator was the natural choice, the other characters were concerned about his past bouts of aggression. The less well know Peter Potamus was chosen but several filters were required on the camera lenses to hid the fact that he was a hippopotamus wearing a pith helmet.
Any time displays of affection were required between Jon and Kate Gosselin in "Jon & Kate Plus 8", they were replaced by two Barbary macaques. As a side note, after the Gosselins separated, the two macaques filed a motion to assume custody of the Gosselin children. The court nearly agreed citing the fact that the macaques threw less feces than Jon, before finding for Kate on the condition she never dance publicly again.
Trooper Thorn is an avid outdoorsman and naturalist. He is a regular contributer to magazines and periodicals, as well as having written two previous novels.
Trooper lives on Vancouver Island with his wife, six children and an active yellow Labrador.