Started by Jeremy Blackman, August 14, 2023, 12:08:20 AM
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QuoteBecause she'd arrived just in time to share her side of the story, Gerwig detailed all the reasons Baumbach said they shouldn't take the gig: "'There's no character and there's no story, so why do you want to do this? There's no entry point.' And he'd do, like, side calls to try to get us out of it."But Baumbach's attitude changed during the pandemic when Gerwig presented him a couple of pages illustrating her idea."It was Barbie waking up in her Dreamhouse and coming out to her backyard and meeting somebody who was sick and dying," Baumbach said. "I read these pages and I thought, 'I understand now what this is.' ... The movie is about embracing your mortality and about the mess of it all, so it was exciting."From there, the process became one of trying to "amuse each other and one up each other," Baumbach said. "Then it was the most fun I think either of us have ever had, right? And then at a certain point, I was like, 'I think this is the best thing we've ever written.' I know enough always just to follow what Greta says, so even in my bellyaching and revolting, I kind of knew, 'Well if she really believes it, then there's something there.'"