Question: I recently watched Flashdance and have to ask: Was Jennifer Beals really doing the dance at the end? If not, did she do any of the dancing in the movie?
Answer: Jennifer Beals, currently featured on Showtime's racy The L Word, was doubled extensively for Flashdance (1983), though there are sequences in which she's clearly executing basic moves: The rule of thumb with dancing in movies is that the minute you no longer see the actor's face and legs in the same shot, you should wonder whether the face and legs belong to someone else. Ditto goes for shots in which the actor's face is obscured by angle or by distance. The first question you might well ask is, if someone is making a movie that requires a lot of dancing, why not hire a dancer? And a good question it is: But the fact read more