Ryan Gosling Reveals Why He Agreed to Play Ken in ‘Barbie’
- Ryan Gosling appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday.
- Gosling, 41, has revealed why he agreed to play Ken in the upcoming ‘Barbie’ movie.
- A number of stars, including Margot Robbie and Simu Liu, have signed on for Greta Gerwig’s film.
Ryan Gosling has revealed why he agreed to play Ken in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming film, ‘Barbie’.
Gosling, 41, recalled the day Gerwig offered him the role during an appearance Thursday on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” to promote his new Netflix movie, “The Gray Man.”
According to Gosling, he went out into his garden for a while to reflect after receiving the offer.
“Best script I’ve ever read,” Gosling told Fallon. “I’m going out into the garden and you know where I found Ken, Jimmy? Face down next to a smashed lemon.”
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Variety reported that the doll belonged to one of Gosling’s daughters he shares with Eva Mendes, which explains why it was in his backyard. The couple first met while filming the 2012 film “The Place Beyond the Pines.”
Gosling told Fallon that he then sent Gerwig a photo of the Ken doll and accepted the role.
“I texted it to Greta and said, ‘I’ll be your Ken, because this story needs to be told,'” he said.
Deadline reported in October 2021 that Gosling was in “final negotiations” to join the film. The outlet reported that Gosling initially passed on the role due to his busy schedule, but later signed on after the project was pushed back and the studio “remained persistent” about his involvement.
Last month, official photos of Gosling’s Ken hit the internet and caused a stir among fans.
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The highly anticipated film also stars Margot Robbie as the title character, along with America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell and more.
In May 2022, Simu Liu told GQ that a junior agent convinced him to audition for a role in “Barbie.”
“He literally said that verbatim,” Liu recalled. “He said to me, ‘If I could stake my career on one script, it’s the ‘Barbie’ script. I really think you should do it.'”
The film will be released in theaters on July 21, 2023.