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Darren Aronofsky: ‘Black Swan’ and ‘Wrestler’ originally lovers

HollywoodNews.com: As trippy as it sounds, director Darren Aronofsky first envisioned his ballet thriller “Black Swan” and “The Wrestler” as one movie.

“At one point, way before I made ‘The Wrestler,’ I was actually developing a project that was about a love affair between a ballet dancer and a wrestler, and then it kind of split off into two movies,” the director tells MTV News.

However, the director-scribe soon realized that both spheres were too daunting for one movie. Who assisted him in making that decision? Natalie Portman. Around the same time when Aronofsky was hatching the idea for a Swan-Wrestler hybrid, he met up with the actress who was busy at the time with the “Star Wars” prequels.

“We were in Times Square and had a coffee at the old Howard Johnson,” Aronofsky said. “I had this idea of setting something in the ballet world. It was very loose. I didn’t have a script. And then I found out she was fascinated by ballet and wanted to play a dancer.”

“I’ve always considered the two films companion pieces,” says Aronofsky about “Black Swan” and “Wrestler,” “They are really connected and people will see the connections. It’s funny, because wrestling some consider the lowest art — if they would even call it art — and ballet some people consider the highest art. But what was amazing to me was how similar the performers in both of these worlds are. They both make incredible use of their bodies to express themselves.”

Fox Searchlight will release “Black Swan” on December 1 in the U.S.

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