Gerta Gerwig, known for Lady Bird and Little Women, has recently achieved a significant milestone in cinematic history with her 2023 movie Barbie. The so-called doll, which has been a cultural icon for decades, was given a fresh and empowering twist in Gerwig’s hands. The movie Barbie, featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, is filled with many heartwarming moments, especially Kens’ fight scenes, which are accompanied by an uplifting and elegant soundtrack. However, the ionic scene of the movie was initially considered for removal.
Greta Gerwig contemplated to remove Ryan Gosling’s iconic scene from Barbie
Greta Gerwig was actually thrilled to experience the initial reception of her movie Barbie. Despite the movie becoming the major hit of the year, Gerwig admitted that she sometimes felt doubtful in terms of creative choices. One of which is the I’m Just Ken song, featuring all the Kens fighting around the beach.
According to Hollywood Reporter, speaking at a special screen talk at the BFI London Film Festival, where she received a massive welcome, Gerwig said,
“That sequence, in particular, was just filled with choices that thrilled me and made me so happy, but then I’d be driving home at the end of the day and thinking… ‘Oh no!’”
Gerwig further added that there was even a big meeting to decide whether the song would be included in the film. Gerwig, who has dedicated her life to the movie, defended the inclusion of “Everything in Me Needs,”, highlighting her strong belief in the significance of the scene to the overall story.
“It’s like this incredible sense of ‘the song that it’s in my heart is in other people’s hearts, It’s been incredibly moving.”
The song I’m Just Ken, sung by Ryan Gosling, captures the inner conflicts and emotional depth of all Kens that live in Barbie Land, proving the importance of being themselves in the world even without Barbie.
Greta Gerwig finds joy in audience reactions from the initial screening
During the BFI special screening, the 40-year-old director expressed her “most joyful experience” and recalled that she was so curious to get the initial reaction from the audience which made her snoop inside theaters. She mentioned,
“I went around to different theaters and sort of stood in the back and would then also turn the volume up if I felt it wasn’t playing at the perfect level. So I thought, if I can make a movie that is half as fun to watch as it was to make, I think maybe we’ve got a shot.”
She even remembered, one of the women in the audience burst into laughter over the joke about a Proust Barbie. Gerwig reaction to the women’s laughter was “That joke was for you!”. In the conversation, she mentioned that she is working on another project, without giving many details she admitted “It’s hard because I’m having recurring nightmares.”
The movie Barbie became the highest-grossing movie of the year, amassing more than $1.4 billion at the box office. Additionally, Gerwig emerged as the first female director of a billion-dollar flick. The Barbie featuring Margot Robbie in titular role stands as a testament to her incredible talent and visionary storytelling.