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Natalie Portman 'Dislocated Rib' On 'Black Swan' Set

11/23/2010 11:29am EST

Natalie Portman 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 the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night, 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."

However, 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!"

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