To say Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is one of the most anticipated projects ever would be an understatement, and the actors share a similar sentiment, especially Ryan Gosling. Whenever the 41-year-old actor is asked about playing Ken, he is quick to come up with witty responses that are usually enough to send the excited fans reeling. This time around, the tremendously multi-talented actor shares an anecdote of when he was offered the role of the glamorous, glitzy character.
The Actor Found A Ken Doll In The Mud
In a recent interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for the promotion of his latest movie The Gray Man, the actor opened up about why he decided to take up the role of Ken. Gosling remarked on how he received a call, or an e-mail from Greta Gerwig, the director of the movie that has been set for a 2023 release. The ever-so-talented writer and director offered the actor the role. Upon reading the script, the La La Land actor decided to go out into his backyard and he found something that felt like destiny’s call.
As he walked out, the actor found a Ken doll lying face-first into the mud next to a squished lemon.
This is what he had to say:
“Best script I’ve ever read. I walk out in the backyard. And do you know where I found Ken, Jimmy? Facedown in the mud next to a squished lemon.”
The revelation made Jimmy Fallon declare, “This is a sign!” And it was indeed a sign for the actor to do the movie as he confirmed his participation in the movie to Greta, by texting her:
“I shall be your Ken, for this story must be told.”
The magnanimously talented celebrity was clearly pre-destined to star in the movie, especially in the role of Ken.
Ryan Gosling States The Objective Facts About Ken
In another interview, the actor stated some cold, hard facts about the beloved Mattel doll. The character of Ken is going through a very rough time. Gosling elaborated:
“Ken’s got no money, he’s got no job, he’s got no car, he’s got no house… He’s going through some stuff.”
Even Jimmy Fallon couldn’t resist the urge to question these claims of the actor. “Is this a drama? Is it [the movie] sad?” To this, the actor had the most appropriate reply which sent the live audience into giggles.
“Those are not plot details. Those are just objective facts about Ken. That’s the Ken life!”
The Reaction Of The Fans Is Hilarious
While the reception for the actor’s latest film, The Gray Man, has been 50/50 at best, fans cannot stop their laughter at some of the responses by Gosling when asked about playing Ken. These were the reactions on Twitter.
Ryan Gosling out here acting like him playing Ken is the second coming of Christ and I am here for it 💀
— Milmiskew (@Milmiskew) July 22, 2022
— 🐍Giorno🐍Fuggetti🐍Fang🐍Gang🐍Boss🐍 (@nomchompskey) July 16, 2022
everything I’ve learnt about ken, ryan gosling, and the Barbie movie has been against my will
— hera / padmé ☽︎ fives’ wife (@planofdissent) July 22, 2022
I take back everything I've said about Ryan Gosling being perfectly no-thoughts-head-empty about the Ken role. he is, in fact, perfectly full of thoughts, head FULL of feelings, about being a Ken doll
— Jennifer Adcock 💚 (@JenKatWrites) July 22, 2022
Ryan Gosling reached his final form when he was cast as ken
— tony’s shittest lawyer (@redsatanicpanic) July 22, 2022
While the actor channels the inner Ken inside him, the “Ken-ergy” as he calls it, the fans shall remain patiently waiting for the release of Gerwig’s movie.
While Barbie is set to release next year on July 21st, The Gray Man starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.