If you were getting excited to go see Barbie after seeing Margot Robbie in the titular role, be prepared to balance our your expectations with the following image of Ryan Gosling as Ken.
It is so, so bad.
Now, I am not going to allow myself to come off as a hater. Mr. Gosling is clearly in shape and has obviously done his best to be ready for this role.
That said, he is too old to be Ken.
Gosling is 41.
That is almost as old as the actual Ken doll.
Sure he is rocking his jeans, vest, Calvin Klein knockoffs… but the bleached blonde hair is not working and ruins it.
For her part, Margot is a much more believable 31 to what most would expect Barbie to be age wise.
Also, she is Margot Robbie.
According to Life in the Dreamhouse, which is a Barbie Wiki, if you didn’t know, Ken has a very specific role he is supposed to play.
“Kenneth “Ken” Carson is the official boyfriend of Barbie and is the deuteragonist of Barbie Life in The Dreamhouse,” it reads. “He loves Barbie with a passion and will do anything to make her happy. He helps Barbie in her time of needs and crises. He gets along with Barbie’s sisters, Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea.”
Now, you might not know what a deuteragonist is, so it means that he is the second most important character of the narrative, after the protagonist (Barbie, obviously) and before the tritagonist.
So there you go. Decide for yourself how much you hate this look on Ryan Gosling.