Barbie: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Film With Margot Robbie

From the Palm Springs villas that inspired the Dreamhouse to Gal Gadot who rejected the lead role up to the discoloration of "Ken" Gosling
Barbie: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Film With Margot Robbie
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Summer turns pink Barbie. The live action film dedicated to the iconic Mattel doll finally arrives in cinemas. Directed by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird, Little Women), from a screenplay written with partner Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story, White Noise), and with a first-class cast led by Margot Robbie as the fabulous Barbie and by Ryan Gosling in those of Ken, the plastic blonde’s historic boyfriend. Next to them, various versions of the famous fashion doll, interpreted by stars such as Hari Nef in Doctor Barbie ‘s coat, Emma Mackey as Physics Nobel Barbie, Dua Lipa in Mermaid Barbie’s, Issa Rae in President Barbie’s suit and Emerald Fennell as her friend Midge, the controversial state doll of pregnancy introduced in 1963.

Rounding out the starry parterre are Kate McKinnon as the strange Barbie, Michael Cera as Allan’s striped shirt, friend of Ken, Nicola Coughlan as the diplomat Barbie, Will Ferrell as the CEO of Mattel and Helen Mirren as the narrator. Launched by an unprecedented marketing campaign, Barbie is a dream with bubble gum colors that make it the film event of 2023. Here, 10 curiosities you (maybe) don’t know about the film with Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

What Barbie toys is the movie based on?

Margot Robbie e Ryan Gosling film Barbie film is based on Barbie dolls and playsets produced from 1975 to 1991.

Wonder Woman was supposed to be Barbie

Actress Gal Gadot, former model and Miss Israel 2004, was the first choice for the role of Barbie but she turned it down in favor of Margot Robbie (who is also producing the film).

Barbie’s feet

No stunt double. To shoot the scene in which Barbie gets out of bed with her iconic shoe-shearing feet, Margot Robbie grabbed onto a bar walking on her toes; a scene that required 8 takes.

Nobody wants to play with Ken

Father of two girls (Esmeralda, 9, and Amada, 7), Ryan Gosling accepted the role of Barbie ‘s boyfriend after finding his daughter’s Ken-doll lying face down in the mud. After the “tragic” happened, the actor replied to Greta Gerwig: “I will be your Ken, because his story must be told”.

Blonde Barbie

Margot Robbie’s and Ryan Gosling’s transformations as Barbie and Ken are, quite impressive. Although the Australian actress was already blonde with blue eyes, she still received a makeover by the famous makeup artist, hairdresser and prosthetist, Robb Crafer (Avengers: End Game, 2019), who reinterpreted the bleached 70s lengths of the famous Mattel doll. Result? A flawless complexion, pink lips and long extra-blonde locks. Ken’s beauty look was curated by Victoria Down, Ryan Gosling’s personal make-up artist, and by Marie Larkin who took care of the Canadian actor’s hair, transforming it into the famous platinum color of Barbie’s boyfriend.

Barbie and fashion

Barbie’s clothes are her highest form of expression. She word of Jacqueline Durran, costume designer of Greta Gerwig’s film with whom she had already collaborated in Little Women, winning an Oscar. Eleven weeks to make the hundreds of costumes that we will see during the 114 minutes of Barbie. Dresses that Durran and her team have created by consulting more than 60 years of fashion archives in vibrant and pastel colors. Not only pink then the pink color is essential but it’s not 100% of Barbie ‘s wardrobe. In recreating the looks of the iconic Mattel doll, the costume designer tried to refer to her history,

Starting with her first incarnation

The Barbie from 1959 in a black and white one-piece swimsuit, red lipstick, blue eyeshadow and heels that we saw in the teaser-trailer. Margot Robbie’s version in the gingham pink dress, on the other hand, is inspired by 1964 Barbie Swirl Ponytail.

Come on Barbie, let’s go to Oz

Barbie is full, crammed with references to The Wizard of Oz. Starting with the storyline itself with Barbie living in Barbie land with Ken (and other versions of Barbie and Ken). One fine day, however, the platinum doll decides to embark on a journey into the real world. Literally the opposite of the 1939 Hollywood classic: instead of landing in a fantasy realm like Dorothy Gale, Barbie ends up in the real world.

Beyond The Wizard of Oz

Stylistically, director Greta Gerwig was inspired by film classics such as The Red Shoes (1948) and Les parapluies de Cherbourg (1964).

Life in plastic, it’s fantastic! Barbie dreamhouse

Barbie’s Dreamhouse is no place for the shy; there are three floors (all pink) with no doors or walls. To translate this fuchsia architectural dream, production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer drew inspiration from mid-century modernism in Palm Springs, including Richard Neutra’s 1946 Kaufmann House and other famous mansions photographed by Slim Aarons. Neither Greenwood, nor Spencer have ever owned a Barbie before, so they ordered one of the recent Dreamhouses on Amazon to study it in minute detail.

To build the Barbie land set at Warner Studios, Greenwood said he used so much pink paint (from the Rosco brand) that it used up the world’s supplies of the color, so beloved by Barbie. Lauren Proud, vice president of Rosco Paint, denies this claim as the paint shortages were linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barbie like the Bratz

Barbie is the first theatrically released live-action film based on a line of dolls since 2007’s Bratz.

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