Ryan Gosling As Ken Unraveled invitations to exclusive “Barbie” movie cast sleepovers remain unfulfilled, leaving us with many unsolved mysteries about Greta Gerwig’s live-action upcoming film.
Ryan Gosling’s portrayal of the Mattel doll’s famous counterpart has yet to be fully explored, other than her affinity for Ken-branded underwear. From what we can gather, however, she appears to have lived a plastic and fantastic life.
That is, until recently when actor Mark Wahlberg revealed a key detail about Ken in Netflix’s forthcoming spy blockbuster “The Gray Man.” According to him, Ken faces much tougher obstacles than his character does in “The Gray Man.”
“Ken’s life is even harder than the ‘Gray Man’ life,” Gosling revealed to Entertainment Tonight. “Ken has no money, no job, no car and no house – he’s going through some stuff.”
The actor’s career trajectory differs from that of the career-focused doll, who at various points throughout his 60+ year lifespan has held down occupations such as barista, lifeguard, soccer player, and dentist.
“It’s not what you think it is,” the actor cryptically declared about the movie, which won’t hit theaters until 2023. “And then you know what it is, but I don’t believe that’s what we’re talking about. What do we even mean?”
Before Gosling gave any further hints about his project, he abruptly ended it by joking that Mattel will “box me up.”
Warner Bros. revealed the first glimpse of Gosling’s transformation into Ken in June. In the photo, the actor forgoes wearing a shirt as he poses against a signature Barbie-pink backdrop with bleached hair and an all-black ensemble.
Margot Robbie will star in the titular role alongside Gosling, with a host of famous faces joining her including Kate McKinnon, America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Will Ferrell, Issa Rae, Michael Cera, Emma Mackey, Hari Nef and Ncuti Gatwa rounding out the cast.
Rumors have swirled that multiple actors will portray both Barbie and Ken in the film, which Variety reports to be a “fish-out-of-water comedy” that follows the couple as they navigate life’s ups and downs.
“People usually hear the name Barbie and immediately think ‘I know what that movie will be’,” explained Robbie, who also serves as executive producer for the film, noting that it comes with plenty of baggage and many nostalgic connections.”
Liu also revealed his dance abilities during an audition for Gerwig, mocking that the “wild and unique” film isn’t a musical but he had been attending rehearsals nonetheless.
“I wish I could show you every day what we do because it’s truly incredible,” Liu told GQ, adding that his agent described the Barbie script as “one of the best scripts he’s ever read.”