Greta Gerwig’s long-awaited comedy Barbie, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Ken, comes to visit us this Thursday. First impressions of the director’s feature film, co-written with her partner Noah Baumbach, were very positive and the film is expected to be a resounding success at the box office.
In addition to her role as Barbie, the Australian actress is a film producer with her company LuckyChap Entertainment, which usually bets on films with strong women in the spotlight, on narratives that explore their dilemmas outside of the male universe and focus on their autonomy. Barbie with a twist that redefines the usual Mattel dolls is no exception to Robbie’s rules.
However, in 2019, when it was suggested that she looked like Barbie, the comparison didn’t sit well with the actress, and a video of the moment has gone viral in the past few hours. In an interview he did with Brad Pitt, with whom he promoted Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, it’s notable that at one point he looks at her and says, “You’re like a Barbie.”
The Aussie’s reaction was visceral, and it was evident in her refusal face and in the words she said: “Oh no, I’m not a Barbie.” The exchange lasted a few seconds, but it was long enough to be captured in a Twitter account dedicated to the actors, who met again last year on the set of Damien Chazelle’s Babylon, an ambitious work in which their stories do not intersect.
Barbie hits the big screen this Thursday – Archive
“That’s aged well,” ironically wrote @pittandrobbie, who circulated a video of an interview in which the Deadly Sins actor “predicted” his co-star would be the perfect Barbie. Over time, the actress befriended the opportunity to play a figure ingeniously reimagined from a script by Gerwig and Baumbach, and even showed different looks of Barbie on a promotional tour thanks to her impeccable style.
Margot Robbie promotes Barbie in Australia – Don Arnold – WireImage
In an interview with Vogue, Greta Gerwig, who has already starred in major critically acclaimed projects such as Lady Bird and Little Women, explained that part of the narrative and essence of her latest film is the transition from adolescence to adulthood: “Teenage girls are fun, sassy and very confident, and it just ends. How is this (Barbie’s) journey similar to what a teenager feels? starting point for her new feature film, which will hit theaters tomorrow alongside Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.
This is one of the most interesting co-existences in “tank” numbers in recent months, which also gave rise to Barbenheimer’s neologism. In fact, the protagonists of both productions relied on their respective premieres in a context in which Holluyd’s industry is struggling with strikes from writers’ and actors’ unions.
Actresses for the role of Barbie
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The project was originally supposed to be led by comedian Amy Schumer, but the actress ended up leaving because her schedule didn’t allow her to seriously pursue the film, which had a very different look in 2017, as she herself explained last year: “They definitely didn’t want to do it the way I wanted it, just the way I was interested in it,” she told The Hollywood Reporter.
Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling pose for the cameras on the pink carpet at the Barbie premiere.
After this refusal, Anne Hathaway was called, but this proposal was not implemented either. Due to delays, Sony lost distribution rights to Warner Bros. studios, a change that ended with the Robbie-Gosling duo taking over production. Barbie records how the protagonist views death as an opportunity, leading her to have her utopian world completely turned upside down. So he goes on a journey to contemplate the “real world”. The film also features Will Ferrell, Simu Liu, Issa Rae, Emma McKee, Michael Cera, Kate McKinnon, and America Ferrera, among other translators.
Greta Gerwig with her main character Chris Pizzello – Invision
When the first images of Barbie caused outrage and confusion, Simu Liu called her “wild and unique” and denied that it was a musical, although many of the figures had to be rehearsed to dance in certain scenes. “When you shoot a scene and it works and you hear laughter in the background, it’s the best feeling in the world,” actor Shang-Chi said of his experience filming under Gerwig.