Margot Robbie thought she was ‘overselling’ Barbie when she pitched it as a ‘billion-dollar movie’
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Look, we’ve all slightly embellished things during a big meeting and, in a recent interview with Collider, the Aussie golden girl admitted she’s no different.
During green-light meetings about the flick centered around the iconic Mattel toy, Robbie told studios the movie could break box office records if paired with Greta Gerwig.
“I think my pitch in the green-light meeting was the studios have prospered so much when they’re brave enough to pair a big idea with a visionary director,” she told the outlet.
“And then I gave a series of examples like, ‘dinosaurs and [Steven] Spielberg’ – pretty much naming anything that’s been incredible and made a ton of money for the studios over the years.
"And I was like, ‘And now you’ve got Barbie and Greta Gerwig'.
"And I think I told them that it’d make a billion dollars, which maybe I was overselling, but we had a movie to make, okay?”
Oversell? Not likely, as Barbie has since become the first film led by a solo female director to hit the billion-dollar mark.
So Robbie was right on the money - literally.
Not only that but Barbie also holds numerous other records, including having the biggest box office opening weekend of the year after it took home $155 million despite having a budget of $145 million.
It has also seen the biggest opening for a movie about a toy, the biggest opening ever for Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, and the biggest opening weekend for a film that isn't a sequel, remake, or superhero movie.
That’s more than enough to buy The Wolf of Wall Street star a couple of Barbie Dream Houses, and maybe even a few hot pink convertibles.
The Suicide Squad actor added that she immediately hit it off with Gerwig once the direct signed on to the movie.
It instantly became clear something special was brewing.
“She’s brilliant but incapable of being pretentious. I think what I admire so much about her work is that she doesn’t allow herself to create a divide between drama and comedy, and she encourages everyone around her to do the same. So you end up mining places that are in the in-between and it feels very specific to her, but also something that you can relate to because it’s more like life,” Robbie said.