Darren Aronofsky Says BLACK SWAN and THE WRESTLER Began as One Film


In a recent interview to promote his upcoming ballet thriller Black Swan, director Darren Aronofsky revealed the curious origin of the project:


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.


Black Swan and The Wrestler have been distinct ideas for some time now. Aronofsky claims he met with Natalie Portman at least ten years ago to star in Black Swan, after the split. Still, an interesting what-if scenario. I wonder how much of the original idea made it into Marisa Tomei's character in The Wrestler - a dancer of a different sort. Hit the jump for more from Aronofsky on the thematic link between the two movies.


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