Ryan Gosling is telling his “Barbie” critics that he’s too old to play Ken. Some young “Barbie” fans have taken to social media to protest the 42-year-old Gosling’s casting as Kane, after being trashed from every photo and movie trailer. Earlier this year, as the New York Post noted, a social media debate over Gosling’s age arose among various Barbie fans (“Gen Z ‘Barbie’ fans rightly call Ryan Gosling too ‘old’ in story titled. To Play Ken”).
What does Gosling think of the ageist criticism leveled at him? “I say, you know, if people don’t want to play with Kane, there’s plenty of Kanes to play with,” he recently told GQ magazine for a cover story.
“It’s funny,” he added, “that kind of jamming your pearls, not like #me.” Like you thought about Ken before?”
Gosling says that Ken’s entire existence is just to enjoy the beach and that he doesn’t exist for anything other than being a Barbie man.
“And everybody was good enough for him to have a job that didn’t matter,” Gosling said. But suddenly it was like, ‘No, we’ve been thinking about Kane all this time.’ No, you didn’t. You never did. You never care. Barbie never hit it off with Ken. This is the main thing. If you really care about Ken, you know that no one cares about Ken. So your hypocrisy is exposed. That is why the story needs to be told.
GQ revealed that Gosling caught himself laughing when he voiced his “Barbie” critics. The actor added, “Now I care about this guy. I am his representative. ‘Ken couldn’t come to accept this award, so I’m here to accept it.’ “
Directed by Greta Gerwig, “Barbie” reunites Kane Gosling with Barbie’s iconic doll as they leave the world of dolls and enter the real world for purposes that Warner Bros. and the cast have yet to disclose. Gosling isn’t the only Kane actor in the film, Simu Liu, Scott Evans, John Cena, Nkuti Gatwa and Kingsley Ben-Adr also appear as puppet iterations.
“Barbie” opens in theaters July 21.