Set to open Friday in limited release, Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan is a psychological thriller set in the world of the New York City Ballet. Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a featured dancer who finds herself with a new rival, played by Mila Kunis.
In this clip, Natalie gets in touch with her dark side as she dances the role of the Swan Queen.
'Black Swan': Get This Role?
"What'd ya do to get this role?" Winona Ryder's washed-up ballerina drunkenly questions Natalie Portman in this clip from "Black Swan."
Portman told The Hollywood Reporter that she was committed to playing the role of up-and-coming ballerina, Nina, before there was a script.
"Darren and I had started talking about it about nine years ago when I was still in college," she explained. "He had the whole idea for everything, but that was really an instance where the script was very much a blueprint."
As ballet teacher Vincent Cassel yells for her to "attack" the dance, Natalie Portman is thrown off her spin by Mila Kunis.
Kunis plays Lily, a fresh off-the-plane rival for Portman's role as the Swan Queen. The actress has said that she worked out seven days a week for up to five hours at a time to lose the 20 pounds she needed to for the role.
"She's not faking it," Vincent Cassel tells Natalie Portman as she watches Mila Kunis dance.
Portman told The Hollywood Reporter that she's fought for roles she didn't get.
"If you're fighting for something, if they're really vacillating for a long time, they usually don't know what they want, which is not a good sign."
Black Swan: Passerby
In a lonely tunnel, Natalie Portman is haunted by her doppelganger.
Darren Aronofsky on the supernatural correlation between the world of the ballet and Black Swan: "What's interesting about the ballet and what most people don't really think about is, most people think 'pink' when they think ballet, is that most ballets are really tragic and scary and gothic and there's demons and monsters. And when you translate that into cinema, you know, you can start to do some really scary, frightening and unsettling things."
Hot for Teacher
Mila Kunis shares a ciggy with Natalie Portman, before asking her if she's hot for their imperious ballet teacher, played by Vincent Cassel.
Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis head to a club for a different kind of dancing in this clip from Black Swan.
The film has generated lots of buzz for the sexy scene played out by Portman and Kunis' characters.
"You know, you do films where you're intimate with your costars on screen whether you're a husband or wife or whatever, so it's just like anything else," Kunis told reporters on the red carpet at the AFI Fest.
Portman said playing the scene with good friend, Kunis, was awkward to say the least.
Natalie Portman sees a frightening image of herself, just before she finds out that Mila Kunis may be upstaging her for the role of the Swan Queen.
In real life, Portman told THR that she's happy in her own skin.
""...I think it takes away a lot of your competition because you know you can only do what you do and you can't do what anyone else does," she said. "It allows you to enjoy everyone else a lot more, too."
You Bit Me
Vincent Cassel makes his move on Natalie Portman in our final clip from Black Swan.
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