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In the world of filmmaking, there are often scenes that end up on the cutting room floor, never to be seen by the audience. “Barbie,” the blockbuster directed by Greta Gerwig and shot by cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, is no exception. Prieto recently revealed that there were numerous scenes, including one inspired by Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws,” that didn’t make it into the final cut of the film.
As Prieto shared with Variety, the making of “Barbie” was filled with creative moments, some of which didn’t make it into the initial release. He hinted at the possibility of these deleted scenes being unveiled, especially with “Barbie’s” scheduled IMAX release on September 22, which will include new post-credit scenes.
One scene that Prieto was eager to discuss featured Allan, Ken’s buddy, played by Michael Cera. This particular moment drew inspiration from Spielberg’s iconic thriller, “Jaws.” Prieto explains, “We did this shot on Allan that emulated ‘Jaws.’ He’s 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.”
Describing the technique used for this shot, Prieto elaborated, “The camera does this push-in, it’s 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.”
What’s more, Greta Gerwig’s reaction to this scene was priceless. Prieto recalls, “Greta could not stop laughing when we shot it” and “kept asking the video assistant to replay it for her just to laugh.”
Prieto even suggests that the “Barbie” team should consider releasing a blooper reel, particularly for fans to enjoy the outtakes featuring Will Ferrell. He notes, “With Will Ferrell, come on — they should have bloopers from that because he just came up with the craziest stuff. All the actors around him couldn’t avoid laughing. We were all playing, and so many moments of improvisation had to be taken out.”
“Barbie” has already made waves by becoming the highest-grossing film of the year, surpassing “The Super Mario Bros. Movie.” With the extended IMAX run and the promise of new footage, “Barbie” continues to captivate audiences and provide delightful surprises for fans.