SPOILER ALERT: There are a few SPOILERS from ‘Wonder Woman’, so if you still haven’t seen it, you may wish to turn back.
One of the highlights of ‘Wonder Woman’ was the chemistry between its two leads, Gal Gadot and Chris Pine. Now the well-balanced script by Allan Heinberg, based on a story by Heinberg, Jason Fuchs and Zack Snyder, and exquisite directing by Patty Jenkins certainly fueled a lot of that, but as it turns out, one of the most charming sequences in the movie was completely improvised by the two stars — the boat scene.
After Diana decides to leave for the outer world to accompany Steve Trevor and to locate Ares, the god of war, the pair departs — sadly not aboard her famous Invisible Jet — via sailboat. It’s unclear exactly how far Themyscira is from London, but the pair had quite a lot of time on their hands to talk and get to know about each other and their respective worlds.
The newest issue of ‘Entertainment Weekly’ features Gadot’s Amazing Amazon on the cover and extensive coverage of the hit Warner Brothers film. In one section, Pine discussed improvising the scene with his costar:
“She has to be the straight woman; that’s the harder part. She’s delivering lines like ‘I was brought to life by Zeus,’ that is just ridiculous. And she has to say it with a straight face, with a certain amount of innocence and earnestness. I get to react like any human being would to something as ridiculous as that. So I had it easy.”
Improv as a skill is usually used for comedy and as appealing as Pine and Gadot are, they aren’t known as comedians. But clearly, the pair were completely comfortable in their roles — as is clearly evident onscreen — as well as with each other. This scene is so engaging that it was featured heavily in the trailers.
This sequence also includes one of the most important reveals in the film — that Diana didn’t have a father, per se, but was brought to life by Zeus the king of the gods.
‘Wonder Woman’ is looking to rule the box office for a second weekend, although it looks to be taking a 49% plunge, to approximately $52 million. (We’ll know more tomorrow.) That will bring it over the $200 million mark domestically.
‘Wonder Woman’ was directed by Patty Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Ewen Bremner, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, Saïd Taghmaoui, and Eugene Brave Rock. It is now playing in theaters.
Source: Entertainment Weekly