Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, starring Margot Robbie in the title role, isn’t out for another 13 months. A few weeks ago production released a first look at Margot as Barbie and today they’ve shared an image of Ryan Gosling in character as Ken.
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July 21, 2023
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I mean…yeah…this is pretty much what was expected, right? Bleach blonde, tanned, abs, personalised underwear, everything is on brand here. What is unexpected, at least to me, is Ryan taking this role to begin with. He’s selective about his projects, he’s not playing hot guy parts just to show off his body. Which is why people are more curious than ever about this script and what it has to say about the world through a Barbie lens.
But let’s go back to Ryan’s Ken energy here. He looks like Zac Efron playing Ryan Gosling. Also he looks like a f-ckboy. It’s that cheesy expression on his face, that flirty smize. Is Ken a f-ckboy? I’m not an expert on Barbie storylines (I’m not even sure if there are Barbie storylines), so I have no knowledge of the various Barbie character personalities. I’m assuming they’re going to have personalities here because, like, otherwise how could there a story.
Given how he’s being presented here, then, at least from the way I’m looking at him, Ken’s personality is player. So, like, kind of sort of the doll version of Ryan in Crazy Stupid Love? Sorry, I’m looking at the abs and I’m getting a flashback to the Dirty Dancing move from that movie. I can’t be the only one. Now you want to see it, don’t you? My favourite part of that scene isn’t the actual lift, it’s Emma Stone’s reaction to him when he takes the shirt off. “F-ck! Seriously?! It’s like you’re photoshopped!” I will save you the googling and just show you here.