Ryan Gosling on backlash to Ken's casting in 'Barbie', Ageist comments: 'Your hypocrisy is exposed'

Ryan Gosling on backlash to Ken’s casting in ‘Barbie’, Ageist comments: ‘Your hypocrisy is exposed’

It’s safe to say that Greta Gerwig is on her way Barbie it’s already become something of an online phenomenon – and it won’t even hit theaters until July 21st. There were those Venice Beach paparazzi photos, then a trailer followed by a series of cast posters, and most recently, a dance single from pop superstar Dua Lipa’s film, to name just a few of the film’s viral moments.

There’s another one — #NotMyKen’s trending reaction to Ryan Gosling’s casting as Ken opposite Margot Robbie’s Barbie — and it’s one the actor just opened up about in a new GQ cover story. There were critics online wondering if Gosling was perhaps too old or too seasoned to play the role, and he says the haters never cared in the first place.

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“I would say, you know, if people don’t want to play with my Ken, there are plenty of other Kens to play with,” Gosling tells senior staff writer Zach Baron in the story leading up to GQ’s global summer issue. “It’s funny… this kind of idea of ​​squeezing your pearls of, like, #notmyken. How did you ever think about Ken before this? But suddenly, it’s like, ‘No, we’ve been worrying about Ken all this time.’ No you did not. You never have. You never cared. Barbie has never fucked Ken. That’s the point. If you really cared about Ken, you’d know that nobody cared about Ken. So your hypocrisy is exposed. That’s why his story needs to be told.”

Ryan Gosling graces the cover of GQ's global summer issue.

Ryan Gosling appears on the cover of GQglobal summer issue of .

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In the wide-ranging conversation, Gosling also opens up about his career trajectory and how he went from critically acclaimed indie to mainstream Hollywood fare, a ride that continues with the upcoming Barbie and David Leitch The fallen boy. “I’ve always wanted to do this,” Gosling says of the high-profile work. “I’ve never really had an opportunity like this, or it’s never worked out like this. It took me a long time to get into sort of bigger, more commercial films. I had to take the back entrance.

Though he rarely talks about his romantic life, Gosling shares a little about his life with wife Eva Mendes, saying a four-year hiatus from acting came because he “wanted to spend as much time as possible” with Mendes and their daughters. The short break has also provided a new perspective on the business.

“Now I treat it more like a job, and not like it’s, you know, therapy,” says Gosling. “It’s work, and I think in a way that allows me to be better because there’s less interference.”

He also shared this while filming a lead role opposite Mendes in Derek Cianfrance’s 2012 film The place Beyond the Pines, he realized he wanted to settle down. “I didn’t think about children before meeting her, but after meeting Eva, I realized that I didn’t want to have her children without her. And there were moments The place Beyond the Pines where we were pretending to be a family, and I didn’t want it to be pretend anymore. I knew this was going to be a life that I was going to be really lucky to have.

Ryan Gosling graces the cover of GQ's global summer issue.

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Courtesy of Gregory Harris/GQ