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Darren Aronofsky’s Lost Masterpiece: The Deli Manager

23 March 2011 7:33 AM, PDT | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

In this unusually candid interview, director Darren Aronofsky and comedian Todd Barry reveal that Black Swan actually began as a full feature film devoted to Barry’s smart-assed manager character from The Wrestler, featuring Natalie Portman in a minor role as one of his deli employees. As production went on, for reasons untold, Barry’s role kept shrinking and Portman’s kept growing and before long, The Deli Manager became Black Swan as we know it, to the chagrin of Deli Manager enthusiasts Tinseltown-wide. Here, for the first time ever, Aronofsky and Todd Barry discuss the lost film The Deli Manager and reveal some never-before-seen clips of the one film that could’ve taken down The King’s Speech at the Oscars, at least in terms of Deli Manager having: Todd Barry and Darren Aronofsky: The Original Black Swan from Darren Aronofsky »

- Dan Hopper

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