Part of what makes Wonder Woman so deliciously good is the budding romance between Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince and Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor. Unlike most superhero films, their relationship is one of equal footing. For director Patty Jenkins, Steve Trevor’s character represents, in many ways, the modern woman’s fantasy, a man who champions her innate strength and power. And he does it all with a sense of humor. Thanks, in part, to Chris Pine’s improvisation skills.
One of the most delightful scenes in Wonder Woman was completely improvised.
You know the one we’re talking about. (Well, maybe you don’t because you have yet to see the film. In which case, this is your cue that there will be spoilers ahead.)
For the rest of you, we’re talking about the boat scene where Diana and Steve travel from Themyscira to London under the guise of night. The duo make the occasional awkward small talk, which is lovely and fun. But the scene really takes flight when Diana calls it a night and extends Steve a perfectly innocent invitation to sleep beside her. He balks at the idea of a “sleepover.” What ensues is an awesome exchange of double entendres and Steve’s education about how sex works in a place without men. (Essentially, the Amazonians concluded that men might be necessary to procreation, but not necessary for pleasure.)
That ENTIRE SCENE was improvised between Chris and Gal.
Chris Pine loved acting off the cuff. It gave him an opportunity to play the comedic foil to Gal’s “straight woman.” He also loved that it showcased Gal Gadot’s surprising talent for exceptional ad-libbing.
“She has to be the straight woman, that’s the harder part,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
“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 easy.”
While we love seeing Chris Pine and Gal Gadot in action, we think the real star of the film might just be the director, Patty Jenkins. She had a real vision for the story, and one of the steepest uphill climbs to landing and making this box-office smash. We salute your conviction, superhuman persistence, and world-class talent, Patty!