Lionsgate defends La La Land from stunt double criticism [Lionsgate]
The Sun on Sunday reported that professionals were urged to keep quiet about their role in the movie with one film insider claiming Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone did not perform key sequences.
A spokesperson for Lionsgate has slammed any suggestion they were trying to keep these stunt doubles’ roles under wraps.
“Of course they had stunt doubles; we never said otherwise, neither did Emma or Ryan,” they said.
Stunt doubles claimed Lionsgate told them to keep quiet about their roles in the film starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling [Lionsgate]
“The only time we ever said there was never even a double on standby was Ryan’s piano. These two doubles performed a small percentage of the wirework and silhouette-waltzing in the planetarium sequence – that’s a small percentage of two shots, only one of which could be considered “dancing,” i.e. a matter of seconds in the total film.
“It in no way contradicts the idea that Ryan and Emma did their own dancing, which they did.”
La La Land’s choreographer, Mandy Moore – who is also Dancing With the Stars’ performance producer – was personally in charge of Emma and Ryan’s dance training.
A stunt double claims professional dancers were used to perform this scene in the film [Lionsgate]
“I think that’s why you get the magic you get from Ryan and Emma,” she says, “because we were creating the movements as they trained and those movements became organic to their characters.
“They both worked so hard and I was really impressed by how they showed up every day so full of energy. They seemed to thrive on having this chance to dance and that was beautiful.”
La La Land was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won Best Director for Damien Chazelle and Best Actress for Emma Stone.
The film is released on Digital Download May 8 and Blu-ray, Limited Edition Steelbook, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray & DVD on May 15