Fans of Ryan Gosling have come to the defense of the actor after critics claimed he was too old to play Ken in the upcoming Barbie movie. The movie trailer, which stars Margot Robbie as Barbie and Gosling as Ken, received a lot of attention and memes on social media platforms after its release last week. However, some fans have expressed disappointment in Gosling’s casting as Ken, claiming he is too old and unattractive for the role.
Ageism claims by fans
Some fans of the Ken character took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
One person wrote, “Ryan Gosling is too ugly and too old to be playing Ken, they should’ve casted Henry Cavill or Chris Evans bye.”
Another person said, “Ken needs some botox,” while a third declared, “He looks like a 40yo man with a mid-life crisis – too old to be Ken.” Gosling is 42 years old, while Robbie is 32 years old.
Gosling’s defenders on social media
Many fans of Gosling, however, have defended his casting as Ken, accusing the critics of ageism.
One supporter wrote, “I just cannot believe that we live in a world where people think Ryan Gosling is either ‘too ugly’ or ‘too old’ to be playing a live-action Ken doll. Y’all can’t be serious. So incredibly mean & untrue & he will truly be the clear standout in that film.”
Another supporter tweeted, “Full stop calling Ryan Gosling too old to play Ken. It’s perfect casting.”
The exact plot of the movie is still unknown, but the trailer suggests a comedic tone. It also reveals that the Ken character has a fake tan and bleach blonde hair, similar to the iconic Ken doll look.
Other stars set to play the Ken character in the movie include Simu Liu and Kingsley Ben-Adir.
Some fans also pointed out that Ken’s character was created in 1961, making him 62 years old, which is why they think Gosling is the perfect choice for the role. O
ne fan joked, “I am also mad about Ryan Gosling playing Ken at his age, but because he’s not old ENOUGH.”
Release of the movie
The release of the “Barbie” movie is set for July 21, and while the exact plot is unknown, the trailer indicates that the movie will focus on Barbie’s variations, including her different occupations.
This includes Issa Rae’s president Barbie and Hari Nef’s doctor Barbie. Kingsley Ben-Adir will play Barbie’s love interest. Margot Robbie’s tagline for the movie is “She’s everything.”
While some fans have criticized Ryan Gosling’s casting as Ken in the upcoming “Barbie” movie, many others have come to his defense, accusing the critics of ageism.
The movie is set to be released in July, and its comedic tone and focus on Barbie’s variations, including her occupations, have generated a lot of excitement among fans.