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Is Ryan Gosling's 'Barbie' Life In Plastic Really So Fantastic? The Internet Has Some Thoughts

Twitter has descended into chaos at his latest movie transformation.

By Jess Pullar
Ryan Gosling is no stranger to transforming himself for a movie role—and we the people have absolutely no complaints. From a handlebar moustache to bleached blonde hair, Gosling simply always pulls it off.
Now, this unspoken rule has been put to the ultimate test due to his latest transformation—one which has revealed a side to the actor we've ah, definitely not seen before.
On Thursday morning, Warner Bros. dropped the first look at Gosling as Barbie's love interest, Ken in Greta Gerwig's upcoming feature film, Barbie. In it, Gosling has all the makings of Ken's synonymous features. His hair is completely bleached blonde, his abs are defined and chiseled, his skin is piled with fake tan and, perhaps most eye-catching of all, he's wearing a pale blue denim vest and pants with a pair of exposed 'Ken' branded jocks.
Folks, this is truly a sight to behold.
Warner Bros.
Indeed, it appears our baby faced Noah of The Notebook notoriety has been replaced with a life in plastic. But is it really so fantastic? The internet certainly has some thoughts on that one.
As soon as the image dropped, fans and followers flocked to Twitter and Instagram to share their hot takes on the transformation. While some thought Goslings new look was spot on, others were a little less enthused. The rest of us? We were there to enjoy the chaotic comparisons people began drawing.
Suffice to say Gosling's new bleach blonde hair is no comparison to his A Place Beyond The Pines bad boy look, nor is Ken's apparent penchant for showing off his underwear doing anything for us.
Funnily enough, we were almost spared of ever laying our eyeballs on the image when it was rumoured Gosling initially turned down the offer of playing Ken alongside Margot Robbie as Barbie in the new film. But the studio persisted that they'd only go ahead with it if he joined the cast. Due to delays in filming, Gosling suddenly found "an opening in his schedule" and signed on.
The film is due for release in July 2023, so we've got fair while to wait until we see Gosling and Robbie onscreen—but in the meantime, enjoy these brilliant (and accurate) reactions and memes served by the people of the internet.

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