Portman rivalry stoked by director

Portman rivalry stoked by director

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Natalie Portman stars opposite Mila Kunis in Black Swan

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis were encouraged not to get too friendly during the filming of Black Swan, it was revealed.

The two actresses play rival ballet dancers in Darren Aronofsky’s thriller, and to develop the tension between them, he purposely kept them apart and even tried to stoke some competition, says Natalie.

“He’d say, ‘Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She’s so much better than you,'” Natalie told the Los Angeles Times.

“Darren would tell us things about each other to try to make us jealous. I think he was trying to create a rivalry in real life between us.”

The director denied fuelling a rivalry but said he distanced the actresses so that they couldn’t discuss their respective acting approaches.

“I knew it might be really hard to keep them apart because they’re friends, but I just didn’t want them to know each other’s motives,” he explained.

“I didn’t want them to compare notes. I wanted them to come from different places.”

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