Natalie Portman - Portman 'Dislocated Rib' On Black Swan Set
Natalie Portman was left in agony after she "dislocated a rib" on the set of new movie BLACK SWAN - because producers couldn't afford an on-site medic.
The 29-year-old actress, who plays a ballerina in the Darren Aronofsky film, spent up to eight hours a day in dance training to make her portrayal believable.
Portman appeared on U.S. programme the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night (22Nov10), revealing the sidesplitting pain she suffered after a lift went wrong.
She said, "I injured a rib, I like dislocated a rib, it sort of went under another one, when you get lifted it just sort of went under."
But there was no one on set to tend to her injury - because the film's budget didn't stretch to include an on-call doctor.
She added: "It's funny because when I got injured I called the producer, I was like 'Could you get the medic? I need an ice pack or something right now,' and he was like, 'Oh, we don't have a medic because it’s super low budget.'
"I have been working for like twenty years, I don't even think that's legal. I was like before you take away a medic, take away my trailer and the next day I didn't have a trailer, I swear to God!"