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Ken (Ryan Gosling) and Barbie (Margot Robbie) Picture: Warner Bros.

The lore that’s already been constructed up round Barbie has taught us that star Margot Robbie was instrumental from the very starting in bringing the modern Mattel doll to the massive display. However apparently, co-star Ryan Gosling—who performs Ken—took a bit extra convincing to affix the venture.

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Speaking to Rolling Stone, Barbie director and co-writer Greta Gerwig explains that Gosling was her solely alternative for Ken, regardless that she’d by no means really met him. “It was solely ever Ryan Gosling, and it was an extended journey. Margot and I simply wouldn’t take no for a solution,” Gerwig stated. “From the second that Margot got here to me and I knew we have been making this for Margot, I equally knew we have been making this for Ryan. And I didn’t know Ryan in any respect. I’d by no means met him. I simply was certain, and as quickly as I considered it, it made me so completely happy. Who else might do that? It’s some mixture of Marlon Brando meets Gene Wilder meets John Barrymore meets John Travolta.”

Gerwig calls Gosling “a secretly comedic actor” who succeeds by taking comedy very, very severely. “The way in which we talked about Ken was as in-depth character work as I’ve ever accomplished with anybody about something … I don’t know that anybody has ever invested extra in making folks perceive the plight of this man. It was extraordinary,” Gerwig stated. “I felt with each of them that I’d direct films for a very long time and by no means see something that uniquely and gloriously unhinged.”

Head to Rolling Stone to learn the complete interview, which additionally contains the tidbit that Gerwig is completely open to creating a superhero film—“It must be one thing I had a sense for and a relationship to”—regardless that she agrees Barbie is already form of a superhero film: “It’s iconic in the identical approach. And it’s form of mythic in the identical approach.”

Barbie opens July 21.


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