“Barbie”: Watch Ryan Gosling Crush “I’m Just Ken” in Hilarious Rehearsal Video
It’s long been evident that Ryan Gosling has the chops for comedy. His timing and line delivery are spot on, evident in films like The Nice Guys and his stellar performance on Saturday Night Live, specifically that now iconic digital short Papyrus. Yet in Barbie, Gosling proved he’s got dance moves and a singing voice to boot, as he absolutely crushed his performance in belting out “I’m Just Ken.” Now, Atlantic Records has provided us a video of Gosling rehearsing the pop hit alongside a pair of other Kens, played by Simu Liu and Ncuti Gatwa.
The new video reveals what it was like on set filming Barbie—there’s a reason so many of the behind-the-scenes images Warner Bros. has made available show co-writer/director Greta Gerwig laughing while filming. In fact, Gerwig loses it when Gosling rips off his fur coat. The featurette shows us the rehearsal process (which looked like a lot of fun) and footage from the film itself.
Gosling sings, dances, and plays the drums. The other Kens provide backup vocals, while Guns N’ Roses legendary guitarist Slash rips off a guitar solo.
“I’m Just Ken” has given Gosling a career first; the song has landed him on the Billboard charts, with “I’m Just Ken” debuting at 87 on the Hot 100, number 4 on Hot Rock Songs, and number 5 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. It became a phenomenon on TikTok and mopped up 5.2 million streams in the U.S. in its first week.
And then there’s the phenomenon of Barbie itself, which now stands as the highest-grossing domestic release in Warner Bros. history and is poised to overtake Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 as the highest-grossing release ever.
It’s a Barbie world, and we’re just living in it—alongside Ken.
Check out Gosling’s Kentastic performance here:
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Featured image: Caption: (L-r) KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR and RYAN GOSLING on the set of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “BARBIE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Jaap Buitendijk