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Ryan Gosling slams criticism of being too old to play Ken

Barbie’s live-action, scheduled for release on July 23 of this year, has been one of the most anticipated films of the year. With Margot Robbie in the role of the main Barbie, and Ryan Gosling giving life to Ken, the casting was subject to some criticism. On social media, netizens questioned whether the actor would be too old to play the protagonist’s boyfriend.

However, in an interview with “American GQ”, Gosling, who is 42 years old, opened up about how he feels about these comments.

“If people don’t want to play with my Ken, there are many other Kens to play with”, he began. The actor goes on to say that nobody had ever cared about the character before the live action announcement.

“It’s a little funny, this kind of #notmyken idea [#nãomeuken]. I mean, have you thought about Ken before this? [do filme]? And everyone was fine with that, for him to have a job that is nothing. But all of a sudden it’s like, ‘No, we’ve cared about Ken this whole time.’ No, that never happened. You never cared… If you really cared about Ken, you would know that nobody cared about Ken. So your hypocrisy is exposed. That’s why his story must be told,” said Ryan.

In addition, the Hollywood star revealed that he identifies with the character because he sees his “child self” in him, and also because his children play with Mattel dolls, and he considers that it should be a story told to the public.

“I care about this guy now. It’s like I’m your representative. Ken was unable to attend to receive this award, so I am here to accept it for him,” she explained.

Greta Gerwig, director of the film, has already spoken about her choice of Gosling for the role of Ken. “There’s a quality to Ryan’s performance even when he’s being hilarious,” she said.

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Source: CNN Brasil

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