Just when I thought I couldn't be more awestruck by Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, I see a tweet that makes me love them and their boat scene even harder. The boat scene I'm referring to is, but of course, Diana (Gadot) and Steve Trevor's (Pine) voyage from Themyscira to London. During their journey, Diana and Steve talk about Zeus, society’s rules about who can sleep where, and whether or not women need men for pleasure. It is a very good, very funny, and very clever scene. Well, get this: The Wonder Woman boat scene was improvised. Go ahead and climb into Themyscira’s spa-like bathing pool and let that factoid wash over you. Take as long as you need.
Back in May, Entertainment Weekly ran an interview with Pine, Gadot, and director Patty Jenkins that spilled some truth about the aforementioned boat scene: It was ad-libbed. As in, made up on the spot. As in, the actors cooked up the banter right then and there. And now that the movie is out and basically everyone is obsessed with the boat scene, the interview has rightfully been making the internet rounds (h/t Twitter user @haarleyquin).
Here’s what Pine said to EW about his improv partner, Gadot:
“She has to be the straight woman, that’s the harder part. She’s delivering lines like ‘My father is Zeus’ — that is just so 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 hearing something as ridiculous as that. So I had it easy.”
Ugh, I wonder how many times they made each other crack up. My heart flutters at the thought. Are there outtakes? Because I would love to watch the outtakes. Would I buy a Blu-ray of just Wonder Woman boat scene outtakes? Yes, I would.
And here’s @haarleyquin's screengrab of the print version:
Gadot and Pine happen to be terrific improvisors, too? Oh, of course. Why wouldn’t they be? Just add it to the list of reasons why we are not worthy of Gadot and Pine.