Ryan Gosling is calling out Ken who hates casting.
The “Barbie” star, who plays the generic version of Ken alongside generic Barbie (Margot Robbie) among a number of other iterations of each doll, got into the debate over whether he was “too old” to play the role. This is Barbie’s first live-action movie; Greta Gerwig directs from a script she co-wrote with Noah Baumbach.
“It’s funny, this kind of idea of stringing your pearls of, like, #notmyken. Like I’ve never thought about Ken before this? Gosling said GQ in a cover story.
He continued: “And we were all fine with it, for him to have a job which is nothing. 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.”
Gosling added, “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.”
The “Notebook” actor summed up, “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 has previously shared that Ken has a “hard” life since he “has no money, no job, no car, no home” in the film.
“I seemed to see myself. I felt seen,” Gosling said earlier this year. “I think a lot of Kens will feel seen when they see this. I have to do it for the Kens. Nobody plays with the Kens.
Case in point: Gosling’s two daughters disrespecting their Ken doll at his home.
“I go out to the back yard and do you know where I found Ken, Jimmy? Face down in the mud next to a crushed lemon,” Gosling recalled. The image in part led him to sign on for the film: he snapped a photo of what he found and sent it to Gerwig saying, “‘I’ll be your Ken, because this story needs to be told.'”
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