The recent film by internationally acclaimed director Greta Gerwig, Barbie, was one of the most highly awaited movies for the summer and managed to generate a lot of buzz thanks to enthusiastic reviews from both audiences and critics. Along with their marketing teams.

Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer with Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr. clashed with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling’s Barbie, but, surprisingly, both films have done very well at the box office and received praise from audiences for showcasing cinema at its finest. With success at the box office, the question of Barbie‘s sequel has started to come up and Greta Gerwig stated that she would very much like to have this actor join the cast of the film’s sequel.

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Greta Gerwig
Greta Gerwig arrives at a photo call for “Barbie,” Sunday, June 25, 2023

Greta Gerwig bonded with Ryan Gosling over Sylvester Stallone

In a recent interview, Greta Gerwig revealed that she has been a fan of Sylvester Stallone for a very long time so she decided to feature his multiple pictures in her recent release. It has been known that Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, who leaves Barbieland with Margot Robbie’s Barbie, comes across images of Sylvester Stallone when he is out in the real world where they get to see how the real world is different from the world they had been living in, which eventually leads to him having an identity crisis.

The identity crisis makes Ken wonder what kind of person is considered a real man in the real world and he decides to start dressing up like how Stallone dressed up in the 1970s to showcase more dominance. Greta, in her interview with Uproxx, explained this transition,

Greta Gerwig and Ryan Gosling
Greta Gerwig and Ryan Gosling

“So it was an early thing. When Ryan Gosling and I were texting a lot, we kind of both stumbled upon our mutual love of Sly Stallone. And then we were talking about his appearance in the ‘70s and how terrific it was. And he adorned himself as a man. And we thought, “Well, that’s a good place to start.” I mean, there are just sort of fabulous images of him, particularly in the Rockys.”

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Greta Gerwig jokes about Sylvester Stallone for a potential Barbie sequel

During the interview, the director hinted that if there is a sequel happening, reminding, then she would be interested in seeing Robbie’s Barbie and Stallone get together and the latter could direct it. The interviewer reminded Gerwig that Stallone has a history of taking over as the director, which Gerwig noted.

“He’s welcome to it. It would be an honor. It would be such an honor.” She has also mentioned, “Everything that we have, or that we reference, in the movie is the only stuff ever that we love. And I mean, I love Sylvester Stallone.” 

Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and America Ferrera
Greta Gerwig, Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, and America Ferrera

Barbie has recorded a historical collection of $162 million at domestic theatres, which marks the biggest domestic opening of 2023 and the highest opening weekend by a female director.

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Greta Gerwig appreciates Margot Robbie and Mattel CEO Ynon Kreiz

The director, who is very grateful and overwhelmed with emotions about how wonderful their movie has been doing plus receiving such great reviews from people across the world, was asked about one of the most clichéd things like how Mattle allowed her to do several things in the movie.

She answered “I am not sure how this happened and how they let me do this. It was some amazing confluence of events and a ripple in the universe that allowed it to slip through. I think that the script that Noah and I originally turned in is very like the movie you saw. But there were certainly meetings and different things. But at the end of the day, it all happened.”

Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie
Greta Gerwig and Margot Robbie

Greta Gerwig also mentioned during the interview that having Margot Robbie as the movie’s producer helped a lot as she was incredible at standing in front of everyone all the time and protecting the movie, the process and it was huge. She further noted, “I do have to say the current CEO at Mattel, Ynon (Kreiz), is incredibly brave, and he doesn’t lead with fear and he gave us creative freedom.” 

Barbie is out in theatres.

Source: Uproxx

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