We continue our series on recasting this year’s batch of Oscar nominated movies with Latin stars. Up next: Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller, Black Swan.
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Played by Natalie Portman, 29, in the film
Recasting: Camilla Belle, 24
Why She’s Right for the Part: In Black Swan, Natalie Portman plays Nina Sayers, a sweet, doe-eyed ballet dancer who gets cast as the lead in a production of Swan Lake, despite not being able to believably portray the role of the sensual black swan. We think soft-spoken Brazilian actress, Camilla Belle (When A Stranger Calls, 10,000 B.C) would have been a great choice for the role of the wholesome Nina, who’s in a constant state of terror.
Played by Mila Kunis, 27, in the film
Recasting: Zoe Saldana, 32
Why She’s Right for the Part: For the role of Lily, an edgy, fearless ballerina, we needed to find an actress whose personality matches that of the sensual black swan. If you’ve seen Zoe Saldana’s fierce performance in the ballerina movie, Center Stage (2000) as rebellious Latina ballerina, Eva Rodriguez, then you know as good as we do that nobody else could play the role of an edgy, sassy ballerina on an ego trip with as much gusto as Zoe.
Played by Barbara Hershey, 62, in the film
Recasting: Lupe Ontiveros, 68
Why She’s Right for the Part: As America Ferrera’s mom in the indie hit, Real Women Have Curves (2002), Lupe Ontiveros was overbearing, nosy, manipulative, and constantly judging and micro-managing her daughter’s life. All of which makes Lupe a great choice for the role of an overbearing former ballerina who treats her adult daughter like a toddler.