Ryan Gosling returns to the spotlight as Ken in the summer blockbuster Barbie, and he talks openly about why he left Hollywood, why he’s thinking about filmmaking differently now, and why he’s prioritising the offscreen roles he plays in real life.
Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie star in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. Ryan plays Ken and Margot plays Barbie. Following the release of the trailer, the actor was chastised for being too old for the role. Gosling addressed the ageist remarks in a recent interview and suggested a solution for people who didn’t connect with his Ken.
Ryan replied, “I would say, you know, if people don’t want to play with my Ken, there are many other Kens to play with.”
He continued, “It is funny, this kind of clutching-your-pearls idea of, like, #notmyken. Like you ever thought about Ken before this? And everyone was fine with that, for him to have a job that is nothing. But suddenly, it’s like, ‘No, we’ve cared about Ken this whole time.’ No, you didn’t. You never did. You never cared. Barbie never f***** with Ken. That’s the point. If you ever really cared about Ken, you would know that nobody cared about Ken. So your hypocrisy is exposed. This is why his story must be told.”
Gosling stated that he now cares about this person (Ken) and considers himself a representative for the doll while he promotes the picture, adding, “Ken couldn’t show up to receive this award, so I’m here to accept it for him.”
Barbie will leave the beautiful ‘Barbie Land’ of the film to ponder concerns about death, sexuality and ageing, according to the entire ‘Barbie’ video released in May. Ken will be there for the journey, but so far Gosling has only revealed that he enjoys going to the beach.”Barbie” will be released in theatres on July 21.