Ryan Gosling, a renowned actor in Hollywood, was mocked after agreeing to play Ken in the next live action of Barbie Directed by Greta Gerwig.
The comments against him were so severe that some assured that this decision would lead to his career in decline. At the time, the actor chose not to respond. However, he recently revealed the reason that led him to become Ken and he doesn’t regret it.
Last year, during his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon the actor mentioned one of the reasons why he decided to participate in the live action of Barbie, He even recalled the reaction the public had when Warner Bros. shared the first photo in which he appears as Ken.
It struck me how, you know, some people were clinging to me, being Ken, like they thought of Ken a second before this.
Gosling joked about how people insisted he was perfect for the part, especially since no one plays Ken. Ironically, this encouraged him to participate in the film, in addition to the fact that Greta presented him with “the best script she had ever read.”
However, in an interview for GQ, Gosling revealed that the real reason he accepted the role was because he found a Ken doll (of his daughter) lying on the ground next to a crushed lemon. A rather daunting scene for such a handsome fellow.
I saw him, like, face down in the mud outside one day, next to a squashed lemon, and I was like, this guy’s story needs to be told, you know?
There’s something about this Ken that really, I think, relates to that version. [de niño] of my self. Like the guy who would put on Hammer pants and dance in the mall and smell like Drakkar Noir bangs and Aqua Net-ing. I owe a lot to that boy. I feel like I distanced myself from him when I started making more serious movies. But the reality is that he is the reason I have everything I have.
I would say, you know, if people don’t want to play with my Ken (because he looks old), there are plenty of others.
I worry about this guy now (referring to Ken). I’m like his representative. Ken couldn’t show up to tell his story, to receive this award, so I’m here to accept it for him.
Gosling ended his interview by reacting to the hashtag #NotMyKen, which became a trend on Twitter when it was revealed that at 42 he would play Ken. In addition, he referred to the people who criticized him for his work as “hypocrites”, because, as with Ken, none of them have been interested in knowing his true motivations.
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