Margot Robbie says she was not first choice for Barbie role – original choice revealed

Gemma Thomas
Gemma Thomas
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Margot Robbie has shared a surprising revelation – she wasn’t the initial choice to take on the lead role in the newly released movie Barbie.

The acclaimed actor, who also holds the film’s title producer, shared in a recent interview with Vogue that both she and director Greta Gerwig had initially envisioned Gal Gadot as the perfect fit for the role. However, the hopes of having Gadot grace the screen as Barbie were dashed due to unfortunate scheduling conflicts.

In Robbie’s own words, “Gal Gadot is Barbie energy. Because Gal Gadot is so impossibly beautiful, but you don’t hate her for being that beautiful because she’s so genuinely sincere, and she’s so enthusiastically kind, that it’s almost dorky. It’s like right before being a dork.”

Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling who plays Ken in the Barbie film

Gal Gadot, renowned for her iconic portrayal of Wonder Woman, gracefully acknowledged the offer and expressed her flattery despite declining the role. In an interview with Flaunt magazine, she praised Robbie, highlighting her endearing qualities.

“I adore Margot. Margot is one of those women who you just want to be friends with. She is so funny, warm, fun and smart and obviously so talented. She brings so much to the table. I would love to do anything with Margot and was very touched [by her comments]. She warmed my heart with everything that she said about me. I’m super excited for them, and I’m so excited for Barbie.”

Gal Gadot known for her iconic performance of Wonder Woman was first choice for the Barbie film

Interestingly, recent reports from Variety shed light on the potential casting of other notable talents for the film. Saturday Night Live’s Bowen Yang, Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, and Dear Evan Hansen’s Ben Platt were all under consideration for the role of a version of Ken. Alas, the intricacies of scheduling logistics led to the unfortunate inability to bring these casting ideas to fruition.

While the film’s release has been accompanied by much anticipation and excitement, it has also sparked debates in certain regions. In Kuwait, the portrayal of Barbie encountered a ban, and similar calls have emerged in Lebanon due to concerns about the movie’s societal values.

Nonetheless, the cinematic prowess of Barbie remains undeniable, as it swiftly achieved a remarkable milestone by crossing the $1 billion mark at the global box office within just two weeks of its premiere.

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