Barbie star Ryan Gosling responds to Ken casting backlash

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Ryan Gosling has responded to critics of his casting as Ken in the upcoming Barbie movie.

Following the release of the film's first trailer, there was talk online over whether the 42-year-old actor was too old to play Ken opposite the 32-year-old Margot Robbie's Barbie. A second trailer then dropped earlier this week, which had people chattering once again.

When asked about the people who don't like him as Ken, Gosling told GQ of the backlash: "I would say, you know, if people don’t want to play with my Ken, there are many other Kens to play with.

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"It is funny, this kind of clutching-your-pearls idea of, like, #notmyken. Like you ever thought about Ken before this? 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 f**ked 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 continued.

"I care about this dude now. I’m like his representative. 'Ken couldn’t show up to receive this award, so I’m here to accept it for him.'"

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Gosling also went into the reasons why he wanted to play Ken in the first place, explaining that there was a moment after his daughters had finished playing with a Ken doll that spoke to the actor inside him.

He said: "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?"

The actor also explained that he really wanted to be in a female-led project that focuses on the female characters rather than the male ones.

Barbie is scheduled for cinemas on July 21.

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