The summer of 2023 helped revive the box office, which was heavily affected due to the aftermath of the pandemic. Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’ and Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ provided the needed relief to the studios, with both films soaring high in the numbers game. However, Margot Robbie-Starrer emerged as the winner as she created a record by entering the $1 billion club in just 17 days.
‘Barbie’ satirizes conventional gendered society and how women have been ostracized from major roles in society at the behest of male dominance. Greta has told the story while keeping the cultural cornerstone, Barbie, at the center and reversing the gender politics with Ken and Barbie. Before Margot, there was an Amy Schumer film in the making that got scrapped. And now, Sharon Stone revealed that she pitched a ‘Barbie’ film for which she was laughed at.
Sharon Stone Lauds Greta Gerwig And Team ‘Barbie’ For Making The Film
It has always been a task to mount a female-led film by a female director; however, with Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’, the glass ceiling has been shattered, and the film has opened up avenues for many such films to come forward and do the phenomenal business that it did. Apart from commercial success, the film got critical acclaim in America, with Ferrera winning a SheHer award for her performance in the film.
At the Critics Choice Awards 2024, America Ferrera gave a riveting speech. In her speech, she affirmed that irrespective of whether a human being is black, brown, trans, disabled, or of any gender, everyone is worthy of having lives richly and authentically reflective. She thanked the Kens in her film for being more than ‘Kenough’.
In the powerful speech of America Ferrera, Sharon Stone made a revelation while congratulating all the women associated with the film. She wrote, “I was laughed out of the studio when I came up with the Barbie idea in the ‘90s with the support of the head of Barbie.” Sharon added, “How far we’ve come. Thank you ladies for your courage and endurance.”
Anne Hathaway Is Glad Her Barbie Film Was Never Made
Sony Pictures announced a ‘Barbie’ film, which was slated to release in 2018. Amy Schumer was leading the project, and she tweaked it as Amy wanted to tell a story where Barbie gets kicked out of Barbieland and she goes on an adventure in the real world. However, Schumer backed out of the film, and Anne Hathaway was on board, but the film was eventually shelved.
During the ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast, Anne Hathaway talked highly about Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ and said that she was glad her version of the film was never made. Anne said, “What’s so exciting about what Greta and Margot and that phenomenal team [did] is they hit a bullseye.”
Anne Hathaway added, “The bullseye caused the entire world to reach this level of ecstasy. Now imagine that version … that much energy, that much anticipation, that much emotion … but it’s not the right version. I actually think of it as a lucky thing [it didn’t get made].”
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