Greta Gerwig reveals the key Barbie scene she refused to cut despite studio pressure

Greta Gerwig reveals the key Barbie scene she refused to cut despite studio pressure
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Greta Gerwig has revealed the scene in Barbie that she refused to cut.

The Academy Award-nominated director said that it was suggested she remove a scene where Barbie meets an elderly woman on a bench and tells her she’s beautiful.

“I love that scene so much,” Gerwig toldRolling Stone.

“And the older woman on the bench is the costume designer Ann Roth. She’s a legend. It’s a cul-de-sac of a moment, in a way - it doesn’t lead anywhere.

"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.'”

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In another interview, Gerwig called the scene a "transaction of grace" and said it is vital to understand how the living doll perceives the human world.

“The idea of a loving God who’s a mother, a grandmother - who looks at you and says, ‘Honey, you’re doing ok’ - is something I feel like I need and I wanted to give to other people,” Gerwig toldThe New York Times.

“If I cut that scene, I don’t know why I’m making this movie,” the director added. “If I don’t have that scene, I don’t know what it is or what I’ve done.”

Gerwig's critically lauded and box-office-smashing movie was released worldwide last Friday with seemingly everyone heading out to see the Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling starring comedy about the iconic toy.

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