Did no one in Hollywood learn a lesson from the tar & feathering of the Black Swan in which actresses flimsily faked their ways through a film as professional ballet dancers while gobbling up the credit of professional ballerina doubles who they mistakenly took for spineless molluscs? Of all people, did former NYCB corpsman Kurt Froman not understand the hypocrisy, fraud, back-stabbing dishonesty, and harm to the art and artists in professional ballet that came from Hollywood's deception?
So here we go again. Double Trouble from this morning's Playbill.com.
But with Froman’s latest project, Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence, director Francis Lawrence insisted she execute 100 percent of the dance. “Francis Lawrence really was adamant from the start that Jennifer Lawrence has to be able to follow the footprint onstage for lighting purposes, as well as editing purposes,” says Froman. Even Froman was unsure that Lawrence (or anyone without prior training) would be able to do the fast solo material due to its complexity. But “she completely mastered every single bit of that material. She did every single section—the solo included,” says Froman. “It’s amazing what, in four months, an actor can achieve.”
On the other hand, maybe Darren Aronofsky saw how the fraud created heightened interest (which equaled heightened ticket sales) and nonstop free promotion from his Black Swan controversy and persuaded Francis Lawrence that this would be a good thing to do for Aronofsky's current girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence.
If after 4 months of training, Jennifer Lawrence could "completely master every single bit of that material" and dance "every single section–the solo included", why was it necessary to hire a dance double for her? From IMDb:
And to further advance the deception, Froman wags on and on about how he concentrates on developing the backs, arms and upper bodies of the non-dancer actresses so that they can pull off the fraud. The new trailer for this movie shows a single frame of a dancer which we have extracted for everyone to examine with their high-powered balletoscopes (pronounced: bæˌlet toʊ skoʊps):
Jennifer Schmennifer. But we doubt that the mere 1K viewers who thumbs-downed this trailer did so because of the fake Jennifer in the dance frame portrayed by the "stunt double". Most likely it's because the dancer was out of place for the shot and not directly aligned under the chandelier. But hey, let's not be picky, people. Just boycott the film if the producers are going to try to run this scam again.
Somebody get Jess Cagle on the phone – pronto.