Anyone who has enjoyed The House Bunny more than 10 times (please join me at this lonely table, won’t you?) knows that Emma Stone is a fairly funny person. Emma Stone is the type of actress who can be trusted to make a joke on set without all the gaffers and key grips thinking “Oh god, she’s totally going to start with ‘knock knock’, isn’t she…“. However, Emma hasn’t always gotten to keep the jokes she cracks on set.
Emma recently explained to Rolling Stone that there have been times where she has improvised jokes during filming, but instead of leaving them in, the director would give them to her male co-star. It’s not just jokes. According to Emma, she’s been told flat-out that unless her mouth is speaking words from the script, she should keep it shut because she’s “hindering” the process with her opinions and ideas. And she doesn’t want to say it’s because she’s a lady, but…it’s pretty much because she’s a lady.
“I hesitate to make it about being a woman, but there have been times when I’ve improvised, they’ve laughed at my joke and then given it to my male co-star. Given my joke away. Or it’s been me saying, ‘I really don’t think this line is gonna work,’ and being told, ‘Just say it, just say it, if it doesn’t work we’ll cut it out’ – and they didn’t cut it out, and it really didn’t work!” (Stone goes off-the-record before elaborating further.)
Nooooo!!!! Why would she go off the record? Let’s be honest though, if this was Las Vegas and you were putting $20 on a guess as to how Emma Stone “elaborated further“, the safe bet would be that she probably went in on Cameron Crowe’s decision to make her play a part-Asian character. There’s no way she didn’t read the script and say “Hello my name is Allison Ng…yeah, that line doesn’t feel like it’s working” at least once.
At the very least we can eliminate Marmaduke. For Emma to accuse the director of Marmaduke of stealing her best material would mean that at least one of those jokes would have made it into the movie, and everyone knows Marmaduke had zero good jokes.