Ryan Gosling Only Had One Fear During His Oscars Performance and Its Surprisingly About an MCU Star

Ryan Gosling Feared Simu Liu Would Hurt Himself Again During His Oscars Performance.

Ryan Gosling Only Had One Fear During His Oscars Performance and Its Surprisingly About an MCU Star


  • Ryan Gosling became an internet sensation after his grooving performance at the 96th Academy Awards.
  • During his mesmerizing performance on 'I'm Just Ken,' Ryan Gosling was worried about Simu Liu hurting his Achilles heel, again.
  • Ryan Gosling believes Simu Liu hurt his Achilles heel while doing something cool.
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Ryan Gosling mesmerized everyone at the the prestigious 96th Academy Awards with his iconic performance of I’m Just Ken, a song from Greta Gerwig’s 2023 film, Barbie. The performance was spellbinding as it left everyone at the ceremony grooving to the mellifluous voice of the Blue Valentine actor. Safe to say, that the actor had stole the show on the Oscars stage by being Ken.

A still from Barbie
Ryan Gosling as Ken in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie

However, throughout his Oscars performance, Gosling was worried for the well-being of one MCU star, as Simu Liu had torn his Achilles heel and was on his way to recovery. Nevertheless, the Taken actor decided to show up to dance at his Barbie co-star’s performance on the biggest and most honored stage, the Academy Awards.

Ryan Gosling Was Severely Concerned For Simu Liu’s Achilles Heel During His Oscars Performance

Even though Ryan Gosling failed to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Barbie’s long-term boyfriend, Ken, The Half Nelson actor stole the show at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, as he took the stage to perform I’m Just Ken, the song from the 2023 film co-written by Mark Ronson and Andrew Wyatt.

Ryan Gosling performing 'I'm Just Ken' at the 96th Academy Awards
Ryan Gosling performing ‘I’m Just Ken’ at the 96th Academy Awards

The actor was wearing a glittering pink suit, a cowboy hat, and pink gloves. Gosling kicked off his theatre performance by serenading Margot Robbie, his Barbie co-star. Later, the actor took the stage with a group of Ken dancers, including Simu Liu, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Ncuti Gatwa, and Scott Evans, all suited up in black.

However, throughout his performance, Ryan Gosling was worried that Simu Liu might hurt his Achilles heel again. During an exclusive interview with WSJ Magazine for The One segment, the interviewer asked Ryan Gosling, What was the one scariest thing about your Oscars Performance?” The Barbie actor did not have to think much as he answered how the Shang-Chi actor would re-tear his Achilles heel.” He said,

“Whether Simu is going to re-tear his Achilles heel ’cause he had already torn it. And then just in his amazing show of camaraderie and Kenergy, he showed up to dance with a torn Achilles.”

Ryan Gosling during his interview with WSJ Magazine
Ryan Gosling during his interview with WSJ Magazine | via YouTube

The interviewer asked Gosling if he knew how Liu tore his Achilles heel, to which he answered,


“I don’t know. Doing something bad*ss, I’m sure. I caught him a few times almost doing a back flip and I was like, “My dude, chill.”

Ryan Gosling was overthinking about his co-star re-tearing his Achilles heel, because Simu Liu not only prevented himself from getting hurt but also pulled off an incredible performance at the Academy Awards.

Ryan Gosling’s Iconic Performance At The 96th Academy Awards Was an Homage to Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 Movie

After the mesmerizing performance at the 96th Academy Awards Gosling became an online sensation because the fans and the audience present loved his performance. Gosling was wearing a shimmering suit, which was a tribute to Marilyn Monroe’s 1953 film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

Ryan Gosling performs I'm Just Ken at the 2024 Oscars
A still from Ryan Gosling’s performance at the 2024 Oscars

Monroe wore a pink outfit in the renowned song, Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Gosling’s outfit was reminiscent of that. Moreover, the styling of the dancers and the stage decorations as well as the choreography somewhat from the 1953 musical-comedy movie.


During an exclusive interview with Variety, Mandy Moore, who assisted in the choreography of the Fall Guy actor’s performance, shared it was Gosling’s idea to pay tribute to the legendary actress. She said,

“That’s where the pink suit and everybody else in black came from — and the stairs in the back. And we had an homage to the candelabra girls: We had Ken-delabra men.”

Moore’s statement showcases how the Blade Runner 2049 actor was ready to change his performance to pay homage to the Some Like It Hot actress.

Barbie can be streamed on streamed on Max.


Written by Tushar Auddy

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Tushar Auddy, Content Writer. He has been in the entertainment industry for 3 years and is always on the lookout for a captivating story. He is a student of Linguistics and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in the same field. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him capturing the beauty of language.