Gosling fans, moviegoers and casual Twitter users are having a visceral reaction to the image of the Canadian actor, who stars as Margot Robbie’s Barbie. It’s the first official image of Gosling as the character made famous in the toy aisle.
According to the photo, Gosling has transformed into the quintessential Ken: his skin is dyed orange and he shows off eight-pack abs and bleached blonde hair. His boxer shorts are inexplicably adorned with his own name, and he sports a sleeveless jean vest and no shirt against a pink Pepto-Bismol backdrop. His Ken is a Malibu boy through and through.
But in terms of plot, the photo is all we have (as well as a photo of Robbie posing in character in a pink convertible). Will Barbie tire of Ken’s bland, shirtless ways? Will Ken prove to his beloved Barb that there is more to him than an absurd amount of abdominal muscles? Or will Ken conspire against Barbie and become the villain of his story?
Fans will have to wait until July 21, 2023, when the movie opens, to find out what Barbie, Ken, and Will Ferrell are up to.