The hilarious reason Ryan Gosling chose to star in the Barbie movie

Ryan Gosling’s casting in the upcoming Barbie movie caused a stir when it was announced. The film, slated for release in July 2023, also stars actress Margot Robbie as the title character. Due to the film’s public locations, fans were able to catch a glimpse of Gosling in his role as Ken. In response to the pictures, some social media users pulled Gosling for accepting the role.

“Women talk about how Margot Robbie is perfect for Barbie, but Ryan Gosling is a bad choice for Ken…it’s not for you guys, sorry, it’s for the boys.” one person tweetedwhile another wrote“The ugliest Ken I’ve ever seen.”

However, there are some who support Gosling’s casting. Joe and Anthony Russo — the directors of the Gosling-led film The Gray Man — said the actor always had “Ken-ergy.” “I think we can say Ryan had a lot of ken ergy and was ready for a ken aissance,” Joe said, per Pinkvilla. Now Gosling speaks for himself and reveals the hilarious reason he took on the role.

Ryan Gosling got a sign from his daughters

Ryan Gosling’s decision to play Ken in the live acton Barbie doll film was influenced by a hilarious incident involving his daughters. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Gosling explained that he was still reluctant to play the role, even after receiving an offer from director Greta Gerwig. Gosling revealed he only decided to accept the role after he got his daughter’s Ken doll stuck in the mud.

“I’m going to the backyard and do you know where I found Ken Jimmy?” asked Gosling. “Face down in the mud next to a crushed lemon.” Fallon went on to joke that the discovery was a sign Gosling was destined for the role, to which Gosling replied, “I texted [the picture] to Greta and I said, ‘I’ll be your Ken because his story needs to be told.'”

And while Gosling was hated by people online, it seems his longtime girlfriend, Eva Mendes, really liked his new lead. Mendes explained on The Talk that she asked Gosling if she could keep his underwear after seeing him as the character. She further joked that she wore his underwear during the interview.