Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about Barbie, director Greta Gerwig has come up with yet another surprising revelation. In a recent interview, the acclaimed filmmaker spilled the beans on a fun and light-hearted ‘fart opera’ idea that almost made it to the big screens. Gerwig, along with her long-time collaborator, editor Nick Houy, sat down with IndieWire on the Filmmaker Toolkit Podcast, where they revealed some of the behind-the-scenes antics involving a potential fart joke scene that ended up being deemed a bit too on the nose (pun intended).
Gerwig and Houy, known for their collaboration on beloved films such as Lady Bird and Little Women, confessed to their relentless attempts to sneak in a well-timed fart reference in each of their projects, though it had always remained elusive. “We’ve always tried to get in a proper fart joke and we’ve never done it,” Gerwig admitted. “We had like a fart opera in the middle (of Barbie). I thought it was really funny. And that was not the consensus.” To which Houy added, “It was in the wrong place, too. We need to work it into a more significant narrative moment next time.”
During the interview, Gerwig and Houy shared their attempts to slip a fart joke into both Lady Bird and Little Women. However, the jokes were trimmed out during post-production around two-thirds of the way through. When it came to Barbie, the duo saw a unique opportunity that set it apart from anything else in Gerwig’s filmography. Houy remarked, “(Barbie) was so much more a comedy than Lady Bird and Little Women,” adding, “So we were just, like, ‘Let’s put it in front of people and see how they react.’ Everyone’s different and every screening’s different and we’ve definitely learned, over the years, that you really have to let things have their fair chance and then act accordingly. Once you know it’s dead, you have got to get it out of there.”
Give the people what they want, Greta.
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