‘Barbie’ Filmmaker Reveals Greta Gerwig Dreamed ‘Many Moments That Ended On The Cutting Floor’
Barbie fans learn of even more deleted scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut.
In an interview with Diversity released Friday, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto revealed that “there were a lot of moments that ended up on the cutting room floor.”
Among them was an homage to Steven Spielberg Jaws including Michael Cera Allan’s character.
The deleted scene prompted director Greta Gerwig to “ask the video assistant to play it again just for laughs,” Prieto said. He added that the writer-director “couldn’t stop laughing when we shot it.”
Describing one of the “so many scenes” that ended up not making it into the final cut, Prieto (also cinematographer Brokeback Mountain, The Wolf of Wall Street and upcoming ones Killers of the Flower Moon) said Cera while Allan is “terrified [when] Ken hits the wave and then flies into the air. There’s a moment where the officer sees someone being eaten in the water.”
“The camera does this embossing,” he continued, “a movement where you zoom in and rotate the character while zooming back at the same time. The effect is to change the background — the recording and its performance [were] very dramatic.”
Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie in “Barbie”.
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Another deleted scene reportedly features Emerald Fennell as pregnant Midge, a discontinued Mattel doll, and Helen Mirren appearing on camera as Barbienarrator.
The scene existed there were rumors on social media thanks to a July BorisFX interview with film editor Nick Houye and the post-production team. According to Insider, a since-deleted Instagram post from cast member Tom Clark mentioned a scene involving “the narrator walking into Midge.”
“It was a little extra moment [where] Helen Mirren then blocks the camera,” Prieto said Diversity. “I can’t really say much more.”
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Ryan Gosling and Greta Gerwig on the set of the movie “Barbie”.
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Furthermore, it teased more footage of Will Ferrell as Gerwig’s take on the Mattel CEO.
“They should have gaffes for that because he just came up with the craziest things,” he said. “All the actors around him couldn’t avoid laughing. We all played, and so many moments of improvisation had to be thrown out.”
One idea of Gerwig’s that probably still won’t catch on with audiences is the “fart opera” she had planned for the middle Barbie. “I thought it was really funny,” Gerwig said on IndieWire’s Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. “And that was not a consensus.”
Another, she revealed on CinemaBlend’s ReelBlend podcast, involved Mirren’s joke aimed at physicist Marie Curie: “There’s something, for me, [about] Helen Mirren says: ‘Give it up, Marie Curie.’ ”
From fart jokes to fun videos, ‘Barbie’ scenes that didn’t make it into the final version of the movie
However, another moment the director was thankful to have left out was the scene where Margot Robbie’s crying Barbie runs into an elderly woman on a bench in the real world, calling her “beautiful.”
“It’s a dead end moment, in a way — it’s going nowhere,” Gerwig said Rolling stone. “And in the first cuts, watching the film, it was suggested, ‘Well, you could cut it. And in fact the story would continue just the same.’ And I said, ‘If I cut a scene, I don’t know what this movie is about.’ ”
Barbie it is currently available to view in IMAX theaters for one week only, with additional content.
“We did Barbie for the big screen, so it’s even more exciting to be able to bring it to IMAX, the biggest screen of all,” Gerwig said in a statement last month. “And as a special thank you Barbie fans, we’re excited to share a little more of the incredible work of our cast and crew by adding special new footage that we hope audiences will enjoy.”