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Halle Bailey spills surprising The Little Mermaid secrets amid criticism after splashy premiere

The Disney movie is the latest in a long line of House of Mouse live action remakes

Halle Bailey attends the Australian premiere of "The Little Mermaid" at State Theatre
Ahad Sanwari
Ahad SanwariOnline News WriterNew York
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Halle Bailey took to social media over the weekend to share a glimpse into the making of Disney's live action The Little Mermaid, which finally hit theaters on Friday, May 26.

The 23-year-old shared several photos and videos from the set during the movie's filming, revealing just how much work went into the $250 million production.

Her clips showed the wire work that preceded the scenes for the song "Under the Sea," plus the stressful expectations that went into filming "Part of Your World."

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She also added photographs of her cast mates Javier Bardem, Jonah Hauer-King, Daveed Diggs, and those who worked with the props for the underwater CGI scenes.

"Some more bts moments (can't believe this was almost three years ago)," she wrote alongside her post, with fans taking to the comments section to praise her work in the movie.

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"I took my four-year-old and eight-year-old daughters today and teared up hearing my youngest say 'Mommy, I look like Ariel.' The remake was everything!!!" one adoringly wrote.

Another said: "I was blown away with your performance as Ariel, I wasn't sure what to expect but you are AMAZING," while fellow actress Jurnee Smollett gushed: "Beyond proud of you little mama. Stunning stunning!!"

The film was released over the four-day Memorial Day weekend in the United States and other parts of the world and has already had a strong start at the box office, thanks in large part to the buzz surrounding it.

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The Disney remake grossed over $117 million at the domestic box office in its first four-day weekend while pulling in nearly $70 million internationally, according to IMDb's Box Office Mojo, topping the box office and emerging as the fifth highest Memorial Day opening in history.

Despite early skepticism, the film also proved to be a generally positive critical success, pulling in a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes, suggesting an overall positive take.

Halle, in particular, received immense praise for her performance as the titular mermaid Ariel, with Variety's Peter Debruge citing her as "all the reason that any audience should need to justify Disney revisiting this classic."

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Other aspects receiving positive mentions are Halle and Jonah's chemistry, Melissa McCarthy's performance as Ursula, and the beloved musical sequences for "Under the Sea" and "Part of Your World."

Halle Bailey and Jodi Benson attend the World Premiere of Disney's live-action feature "The Little Mermaid" at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on May 08, 2023© Getty Images
(Halle Bailey with the original voice of Ariel, Jodi Benson) the film has already emerged as an early box office hit

However, the film has also attracted criticism for its new musical additions, specifically the song "Scuttlebutt" for Awkwafina's vocals and Lin-Manuel Miranda's songwriting.

British singer and actress Paloma Faith also shared a controversial message after the film's release, criticizing the storyline.

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"As a mother of girls I don't want my kids to think it's ok to give up your entire voice and your powers to love a man," she wrote in a now-deleted Instagram post that Metro included. 

Paloma Faith performing in pink dress© Getty Images
Paloma Faith criticized the film's message, although received backlash soon after

"Not what I want to be teaching next gen women at all." Her message was met with backlash, with many questioning why this didn't come up as a qualm with the original 1989 film itself, which she'd previously expressed she was a fan of.

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