Gal Gadot did action scene reshoot while 5 months pregnant
Wonder Woman is a box office hit, earning over $103 million dollars this weekend — the largest opening for a female director in history. This is also the first superhero with a female lead coming from either the DC or Marvel universes, and the first big budget superhero movie to be directed by a woman. So, bam, bam, and triple lady bam.
But if you were looking for one more reason to love this movie, today we found out that Gal Gadot was five months pregnant during reshoots for the movie.
What the huh now?
Yes, when they went back to reshoot some scenes in November, some six months after original filming completed, Gadot was five months pregnant with her second child, her daughter Maya. Given that it’s hard to hide a pregnancy when you’re wearing a bustier and a belt that looks fairly pokey, producers had to use CGI to conceal the bump. They cut out a triangle in the front of her costume and placed a green cloth over it to mark it for visual effects. Said Gadot in Entertainment Weekly, “On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman. On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”
The scenes Gadot did in reshoots weren’t exactly sitting and pondering strategy and weaponry and whatever else bad ass superheroes sit and ponder. No, Gadot was doing action scenes. “Part of what we were doing was augmenting some of the final action piece,” said producer Chuck Roven. “She couldn’t do a huge amount of physical activity but she was being aggressive. She still had to be fierce. That was special. I’ve been doing this for awhile but I’ve never that had that experience before.”
This thrills us to no end. How many more female stereotypes can one movie shatter than to also have the lead actress doing action scenes halfway through her pregnancy? We have to say, however, that Gadot’s ability to be “aggressive” and “fierce” while pregnant doesn’t surprise us at all. You want to see a fierce and aggressive pregnant woman? Just ask the next one you see if she’s having twins. Or don’t let her have a seat on the bus. Or tell her the only shoes you have in her size have laces. You’ll get some bloated, uncomfortable, slightly nauseous and she-still-has-four-more-months-of-this aggression coming your way.
They didn’t exactly take it easy on Gadot, either, according to the film’s director Patty Jenkins: “There are so many things we asked her to do: Now do it on one foot. Now shout while you’re doing it. Now it’s raining in the freezing cold and you’ve lost your voice, go. Every day it was a hilarious gauntlet and she would do it.”
Damn straight. Because female superheroes can do everything male superheroes can, and make a second person while doing it.
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