The vast majority of the main points behind this summer’s highly-anticipated Barbie movie remain a secret, but Margot Robbie has opened as much as Vogue a bit about making the film. The interview marks her most prolonged interview on the project.
Major revelations include that she actually never planned to play the role herself despite looking like the enduring doll. “It wasn’t that I ever desired to play Barbie, or dreamt of being Barbie, or anything like that,” she said. “That is going to sound silly, but I actually didn’t even take into consideration playing Barbie until years into developing the project.”
Listed here are the important thing things she and others involved in Barbie revealed concerning the film within the interview.
Robbie and her production company LuckyChap sought rights to the Barbie IP to develop a movie that might acknowledge those that hate the toy, too.
“We in fact would wish to honor the 60-year legacy that this brand has,” Robbie had told Mattel in her pitch. “But now we have to acknowledge that there are a variety of individuals who aren’t fans of Barbie. And in reality, aren’t just indifferent to Barbie. They actively hate Barbie. And have an actual issue with Barbie. We’d like to seek out a method to acknowledge that.”
Robbie and LuckyChap were capable of structure their cope with Warner Bros and Mattel so the film’s screenwriters Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach had full creative freedom.
Robbie and her husband Tom Ackerley, who produce together for LuckyChap, read the finished script at the identical time. A joke on page one signaled to them this was going to be removed from the everyday Barbie movie. (The joke didn’t make the ultimate cut, but final version remains to be consistent with the primary). “We just checked out one another, pure panic on our faces. We were like, Holy fucking shit,” she said. When she finished reading the script, “I believe the very first thing I said to Tom was, That is so genius. It’s such a shame that we’re never going to have the option to make this movie.”
Expect a ton of outfits within the film that pay homage to Barbie’s fashion history.
“The important thing thing about Barbie is that she dresses with intention,” the film’s costume designer Jacqueline Durran said. “Barbie doesn’t dress for the day. She dresses for the duty.”
Gerwig and Robbie sought to solid individuals with “Barbie energy” to play the dolls.
“Gal Gadot is Barbie energy,” Robbie explained, although Gadot was not available to do the film. “Because Gal Gadot is so impossibly beautiful, but you don’t hate her for being that lovely, because she’s so genuinely sincere, and she or he’s so enthusiastically kind, that it’s almost dorky. It’s like right before being a dork.” Robbie plays “Stereotypical Barbie,” as Vogue put it, within the film.
Robbie left Ryan Gosling presents every single day “from Barbie to Ken” to assist him find his character.
“She left a pink present with a pink bow, from Barbie to Ken, every single day while we were filming,” he said. “They were all beach-related. Like puka shells, or an indication that claims ‘Pray for surf.’ Because Ken’s job is just beach. I’ve never quite discovered what meaning. But I felt like she was attempting to help Ken understand, through these gifts that she was giving.”
Robbie used a This American Life podcast episode that Gerwig sent her to seek out her character as Barbie.
“I used to be like, Greta, I want to go on this whole character journey. And Greta was like, Oh, I even have a extremely good podcast for you,” Robbie said, noting it was an episode a few woman who doesn’t introspect. “You recognize how you may have a voice in your head on a regular basis? This woman, she doesn’t have that voice in her head.” (The episode is probably going “Penny For Your Non-Thoughts.”)
Robbie also said she approached the character as if Barbie doesn’t feel sexual desire.
“I’m like, Okay, she’s a doll. She’s a plastic doll. She doesn’t have organs. If she doesn’t have organs, she doesn’t have reproductive organs. If she doesn’t have reproductive organs, would she even feel sexual desire? No, I don’t think she could,” Robbie explained. “[So yes,] she is sexualized. But she should never be sexy. People can project sex onto her. Yes, she will wear a brief skirt, but since it’s fun and pink. Not because she wanted you to see her butt.”
Her Barbie’s voice (a “General American accent. It’s called GenAm”) will change throughout the film to mark her character journey.
Firstly of the movie, it should be in a better register, and “every thing may be very definite. There’s no second thought. There’s no hesitation,” Robbie said. It’s going to sound lower later.
Gerwig said Ken may even go on a significant character journey.
“The Kens have a journey in front of them. At first of the movie, no person thinks about Ken. No person worries about Ken. Ken doesn’t have a house. Or a automotive. Or a job. Or any power. And, um, that’s gonna be type of unsustainable.”
You may read Robbie’s full interview here.
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