Greta Gerwig is an auteur. The writer-director-actor is well known for her high brow humor and thoughtful reflections on society in her films, including her directorial efforts with Lady Bird, Little Women, and most recently Barbie.
But make no mistake: Greta isn’t afraid of a simple joke, and we love her for it. In fact, she recently opened up about one of the most common joke formats that she pushed to get into Barbie.
“We’ve always tried to get in a proper fart joke, and we’ve never done it,” Greta told IndieWire of herself and her longtime film editor Nick Houy’s efforts to add a flatulence farce to Lady Bird and Little Women. However, they didn’t go through with it either time.
Repeated attempts at adding a fart joke to three very nuanced films! Here’s my reaction to this news:
Truly, good for Greta. If she wants a fart joke in Barbie, she should get one. It’s her right!
But it wasn’t just one fart joke she envisioned for Barbie and apparently held firm on for much of the editing process. It was a cacophony of farts they wanted.
“We had, like, a fart opera in the middle [of Barbie]. I thought it was really funny. And that was not the consensus,” she told IndieWire. Come to think of it, with all things Barbenheimer in mind, you could say Barbie almost had a bomb of its own…sorry!
“It was in the wrong place, too,” Houy added. “We need to work it into a more significant narrative moment next time.”
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