Ryan Gosling Talks Surfing (as Ken from ‘Barbie’)

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Barbie is breaking records.

The blockbuster film – based on the enduring children’s doll from Mattel and starring Margot Robbie in the titular role and Ryan Gosling as her simple-minded, yet lovable sidekick, Ken – has grossed $1.03 billion worldwide since its opening, making Greta Gerwig the first solo female director with a billion-dollar movie on her résumé.

And although Robbie's character arc, journeying off into the real world and seeing gender inequity, versus the female dominant Barbieland, is the main motif of the film, Gosling’s Ken (whose sole job is “beach”) often steals the show with comedic relief.

As we previously reported, Ken’s prop surfboard used in the film was listed on Craigslist for a whopping $1 million. By the looks of it, it hasn’t sold as of yet – despite the seller saying they would give it to the “highest bidder by midnight of the end of July.”

Now, Gosling (as Ken) has gone on GQ’s long-running video series “10 Things X Can’t Live Without.” And, of course, one of those things is his surfboard. He says:

“Okay, surfboard, and let me just start off by saying, my Ken’s job is ‘beach’ – I’m not ‘surf’ Ken. I’m ‘beach’ Ken. I’m not claiming to be a ‘surf’ Ken, so I don’t want any ‘surf’ Kens to be trolling me in the comments section.

“I’m not claiming to have any of this spirituality that comes with surfing…any of that insight. I’m just using it for scale. Because when you’re a human-sized Ken, that’s very important. You need a human-sized surfboard to communicate that scale.

“You can hold it, and you can also lean.”

Looks like the surfboard (and surfing) is more of a prop for both Gosling and his character, Ken.

This means that Ryan Gosling is a…poser? Heaven forbid.


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