Natalie Portman “nearly died” for Black Swan

Hollywood beauty Natalie Portman lost so much weight to play Nina, a troubled ballerina, in Black Swan that she “nearly died”.

The 29-year-old actress, who recently announced she is expecting her first child, went from thin to skeletal for the role, which is tipped for an Oscar nod,

Portman trained in ballet for a year to get her moves right and is now engaged to her dance partner in the film, Benjamin Millepied.

“There were nights where I thought I was literally going to die. It was the first time I understood how you could get so wrapped up in a role that it could kind of bring you down,” said the actress.

Portman said she was also worried about the film’s box office performance.

“Everyone was so worried about who was going to want to see this movie. I remember them saying, ‘How do you get guys to a ballet movie? How do you get girls to a thriller ?’ And the answer is a lesbian scene. Everyone wants to see that,” the actress said.


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