Darren Aronofsky's psychological ballet fantasy "Black Swan" is so full of metaphors, arresting imagery and memorable performances by stars Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, one would think filmgoers and critics would come away with endless topics to discuss. And yet, that hasn't been the case, as much of the publicity blitz has zeroed in on the movie's sex scenes and the actresses awkwardly rehashing filming details.
Regardless, one "sexy" aspect director Aronofsky was more than willing to address is his potential nomination and win for Best Kiss at next year's MTV Movie Awards.
"Do you think we're going to win the MTV Best Kiss?" he asked MTV News when we caught up with him recently to discuss the film.
"Is that what you're going for?" we countered.
"Absolutely," he said. "Only to see Mila and Natalie kiss again.
"But, the thing that bothers me most about MTV," he continued, "is that we didn't even get nominated for Best Fight of the year for 'The Wrestler.'... The Necro Butcher versus Randy 'The Ram'? I mean, how could we not get nominated?" he complained, affably. "We had a staple gun and a fork. I mean, is there a thing about rated-R violence? Are they trying to stay away?"
Honestly, we couldn't answer that question — only that we know "Twilight" cleaned up in most categories — but we did promise Aronofsky we would do our best to make sure "Black Swan" gets some attention for Best Kiss.
Back to his much-buzzed-about film, which opens Friday (December 3), we asked Aronofsky if the heightened sexuality in the film is derived from the research he did on the world of ballet.
"Well, there is a lot of sexuality," Aronofsky said. "It's a very sexy
thing: It's bodies moving through space in skimpy clothes. There's an erotic element to it," he explained. "People in the ballet world might be up in arms, but it almost — if you think about what people in the 1800s were allowed to see as far as sexuality, and then they would go and see a form of a tutu and men in tights with codpieces — it was a form of pornography, I think, for rich people back in the day.
"But also, the film is about a girl trapped in a woman's body,"
Aronofsky continued. "A woman-child trying to burst out, and, of course, what a girl to a woman is her sexuality, so it was about Natalie's sexuality bursting out."
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