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This piece was written in the course of the 2023 WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. With out the labor of the writers and actors at present on strike, the movie being lined right here wouldn’t exist.
Barbie has earned the title of the highest-grossing film of the 12 months, and as such, has additionally been launched into IMAX theaters with some “particular new footage,” as filmmaker Greta Gerwig describes it, included with the screening.
In an interview with Selection, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto shared that many humorous moments didn’t make it into the ultimate reduce of the movie. A type of included Ken’s good friend, Allan (Michael Cera), emulating a scene from Jaws.
“We did this shot on Allan that emulated Jaws,” Prieto mentioned. “He’s terrified [when] Ken hits a wave after which flies within the air. There’s a second the place the police officer sees somebody being eaten within the water. The digital camera does this push-in, it’s a transfer the place you employ a zoom and also you’re dialing into the character whereas zooming again on the identical time. The impact is that the background adjustments—the shot, and his efficiency, [were] very dramatic.”
Cera’s antics had been additionally dramatically humorous, it appears, as Prieto additionally added that Gerwig couldn’t cease laughing on the scene.
Prieto additionally shared that they shot a scene the place Barbie’s pregnant good friend, Midge (Emerald Fennell), provides delivery, replete with Helen Mirren offering voiceover. “It was just a little extra second [where] Helen Mirren then blocks the digital camera,” he mentioned, including that he “can’t actually say far more.”
And, in fact, there are additionally a lot of bloopers regarding Will Ferrell’s efficiency as Mattel’s CEO. “With Will Ferrell, come on—they need to have bloopers from that as a result of he simply got here up with the craziest stuff,” Prieto mentioned. “All of the actors round him couldn’t keep away from laughing. We had been all taking part in, and so many moments of improvisation needed to be taken out.”
Barbie remains to be taking part in in theaters, together with a brand new IMAX model with extra footage.