Sometimes you have to ask the tough questions. Questions for which the American public demands answers. Sometimes you have to make sacrifices for the greater good. Which is why, with these weighty journalistic notions on my conscious, I found myself asking Natalie Portman about her rumored girl-on-girl love scene with Mila Kunis in "Black Swan."
Directed by Darren Aronofsky ("The Wrestler"), "Black Swan" stars Portman and Kunis as rival ballet dancers, the twist being that Portman's character can't really tell if her competitor is real or some kind of delusion. Rumors have been floating around the web that, at some point during the film, Portman and Kunis will go in for a no-holds-barred sex session. I had to get to the bottom of this! Is it true, not true, none of our business?
"It's a very extreme movie," she answered. "It's like very extreme situations. But it's not explicit in any way."
Artfully, gracefully put, Miss Portman. And I'm going to take that non-denial denial as confirmation that there will indeed be a lesbian scene in "Black Swan." Of course, that'll just be one element—one sure-to-be highly publicized element—yet only one element in Aronofsky's first film since his Oscar-nominated "The Wrestler." Portman said she's due to start filming in early December, but could only offer a bare bones plot summary.
"It's a psychological thriller about what happens when you reach the top," she said. "My character starts being paranoid that she's going to be unseated."
What are you expecting from Aronofsky's "Wrestler" follow-up? More than a Kunis/Portman hook-up? Is it me, or does this sound like "Fight Club" with ballerinas?