Ryan Gosling Revealed Why He Decided To Play Ken In Greta Gerwig's "Barbie" Movie

    "Nobody plays with Ken, man."

    At this point, history is divided into two eras: Before Ryan Gosling's Ken photo for the Barbie movie, and after Ryan Gosling's Ken photo for the Barbie movie.

    Ryan gosling in a denim vest and blonde hair as Ken

    Indeed, when Ryan's look for the hotly anticipated film dropped last month, it caused quite a stir — and in a recent appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, he revealed how he felt about all the commotion.

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    “I was surprised how, you know, some people were clutching their pearls at my Ken as though they ever thought about Ken for a second before this," he observed.

    Ryan on the talk show

    “They never played with Ken," he went on to joke. "Nobody plays with Ken, man. Did you play with Ken?”

    close up of ryan

    “He’s an accessory. And not even one of the cool ones.”

    ryan on the red carpet

    Ryan also explained how director Greta Gerwig convinced him to take the role on.

    close up of ryan

    He says that, after Greta sent him the script, he thought it was the "best" he'd ever read — and then he made a surprising discovery in his backyard.

    ryan and margot robbie roller blading as ken and barbie

    “I walk out in the back yard and you know where I find Ken? Face down in the mud next to a squished lemon,” he revealed.

    a ken doll face down in the dirt besides the lemon

    “I texted it to Greta and I said, ‘I shall be your Ken. For his story must be told.’”

    behind the scenes of ryan as ken

    Watch the whole interview here.