Ryan Gosling Addresses 'Barbie' Casting Criticism: "Your Hypocrisy Is Exposed"

The Canadian actor knows no one ever really cared about Ken before the movie

Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie pose for photos as they promote the upcoming film "Barbie"
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Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie pose for photos as they promote the upcoming film "Barbie"

The upcoming Barbie movie is inching closer to release and while most people have lauded the film's casting, some were still apprehensive about some of the choices.

Ryan Gosling, who plays Ken, has dismissed the criticism aimed at his portrayal of Ken and called it "funny" in an interview with GQ.

"Like you ever thought about Ken before this?" Gosling asked. "And everyone was fine with that, for him to have a job that is nothing. 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 fucked 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.”

Gosling also reminisced over his time as a kid and credited his younger version for allowing him to take on these new roles.

“There’s something about this Ken that really, I think, relates to that version of myself," Gosling added. "Just, like, the guy that was putting on Hammer pants and dancing at the mall and smelling like Drakkar Noir and Aqua Net-ing bangs. I owe that kid a lot. I feel like I was very quick to distance myself from him when I started making more serious films. But the reality is that, like, he’s the reason I have everything I have.”

There's still some waiting to do before Barbie releases as it's set to hit theatres on July 21.

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