‘Your Hypocrisy Is Exposed’: Ryan Gosling Goes Off On ‘Barbie’ Movie’s Ken Critics
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 25: Ryan Gosling speaks onstage as he promotes the upcoming film "Barbie" during the Warner Bros. Pictures Studio presentation during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on April 25, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Actor Ryan Gosling is taking it personally when people criticize his turn as the plastic-haired Ken doll in the new “Barbie” movie — mainly because he said that no one ever cared about Ken, but suddenly they all felt the need to hate on him.

During a recent interview with GQ, the “Notebook” actor responded to a number of criticisms — namely that he was “too old” to play the iconic character — with a laugh: “I would say, you know, if people don’t want to play with my Ken, there are many other Kens to play with.”

He went on to pick apart the criticism a bit, arguing that no one had really seemed to care about Ken at all until they found something they wanted to attack.

“It is funny, this kind of clutching-your-pearls idea of, like, #notmyken. Like you ever thought about Ken before this?” Gosling mused, referencing an earlier comment about Ken’s lack of depth prior to the film. (“His job is beach. For 60 years, his job has been beach. What the f*** does that even mean?”)

“And everyone was fine with that, for him to have a job that is nothing,” Gosling continued. “But suddenly, it’s like, ‘No, we’ve cared about Ken this whole time.’ No, you didn’t. You never did. You never cared. Barbie never f***ed with Ken. That’s the point. If you ever really cared about Ken, you would know that nobody cared about Ken. So your hypocrisy is exposed. This is why his story must be told.”

“I care about this dude now,” Gosling laughed. “I’m like his representative. ‘Ken couldn’t show up to receive this award, so I’m here to accept it for him.’”

Gosling said that his kids — or at least the way they played with their own Barbie and Ken dolls — were part of the reason he got so into the role.


“I kind of respond to scripts, I guess, or characters, where there’s that kind of dynamic. I recognize it,” he said, noting that he had recently seen his daughters leave a Ken doll outside. “I did see him, like, face down in the mud outside one day, next to a squished lemon, and it was like, ‘This guy’s story does need to be told,’ you know?”

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