The 'Barbie' cinematographer revealed that Greta Gerwig dreamed up "many moments that ended up on the cutting room floor"
Barbie fans are finding out about even more deleted scenes that didn't make the final cut.
In an interview with Variety published Friday, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto revealed that “there were many moments that ended up on the cutting room floor.”
The deleted scene had director Greta Gerwig “asking the video assistant to replay it for her just to laugh,” Prieto said. He added that the writer-director “could not stop laughing when we shot it.”
Describing one of “so many scenes” that ended up not making the final cut, Prieto (also the cinematographer behind Brokeback Mountain, The Wolf of Wall Street and the upcoming Killers of the Flower Moon) said Cera as Allan is “terrified [when] Ken hits a wave and then flies in the air. There’s a moment where the police officer sees someone being eaten in the water.”
“The camera does this push-in,” he continued, “a move where you use a zoom and you’re dialing into the character while zooming back at the same time. The effect is that the background changes — the shot and his performance [were] very dramatic.”
The scene’s existence had been rumored on social media thanks to a July BorisFX interview with film editor Nick Houy and the post-production team. Per Insider, a since-deleted Instagram post from cast member Tom Clark mentioned a scene involving “the narrator walking in on Midge.”
“It was a little additional moment [where] Helen Mirren then blocks the camera,” Prieto told Variety. “I can’t really say much more.”
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Further, he teased more footage of Will Ferrell as Gerwig’s take on the Mattel company’s CEO.
“They should have bloopers from that because he just came up with the craziest stuff,” he said. “All the actors around him couldn’t avoid laughing. We were all playing, and so many moments of improvisation had to be taken out.”
One idea from Gerwig that likely still won’t reach audiences is the “fart opera” she had planned for midway through Barbie. “I thought it was really funny," Gerwig said on IndieWire's Filmmaker Toolkit podcast. "And that was not the consensus.”
Another, she revealed on CinemaBlend's ReelBlend podcast, involved a joke delivered by Mirren that took aim at physicist Marie Curie: “There's just something, to me, [about] Helen Mirren saying, ‘Pipe the f--- down, Marie Curie.’ ”
However, another moment that the director was grateful made the cut was the scene in which Margot Robbie’s teary Barbie encounters an older woman on a bench in the real world, calling her “beautiful.”
“It’s a cul-de-sac of a moment, in a way — it doesn’t lead anywhere,” Gerwig told Rolling Stone. “And in early cuts, looking at the movie, it was suggested, ‘Well, you could cut it. And actually, the story would move on just the same.’ And I said, ‘If I cut the scene, I don’t know what this movie is about.’ ”
Barbie is currently available to see in IMAX theaters for one week only, containing extra content.
"We made Barbie for the big screen, so it’s an even bigger thrill to be able to bring it to IMAX, the biggest screen of all," said Gerwig in a statement last month. "And as a special thanks to Barbie fans, we’re excited to share a little bit more of our cast and crew’s incredible work by adding special new footage we hope audiences will enjoy.”
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