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31 July 2023

Barbie Director Greta Gerwig On Ryan Gosling’s ‘I’m Just Ken’

Ryan Gosling as Ken in Barbie
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Barbie director Greta Gerwig has revealed how she encouraged Ryan Gosling to sing the track I’m Just Ken from the movie soundtrack in a new Rolling Stone interview.

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“He has a beautiful voice, and he’s a beautiful dancer. We kind of got there organically. I think if I had said, “I want you to sing and dance in this movie,” he would not have necessarily done that for me,” Gerwig began.

“But it was kind of that thing of boiling a lobster. I think by the time he was singing and dancing, he didn’t even totally know how we had gotten there,” she added. “But he’s so fabulous at it.”

“Mark Ronson talked a lot about glam-rock and Meat Loaf and the drama of that kind of song. And then Mark and his songwriting partner Andrew Wyatt wrote I’m Just Ken,” the director continued. “They didn’t even have all the lyrics. They just had a feeling and the skeleton and the lyric ‘I’m just Ken’ and it just evolved from there,” she said.

“Because I was born in ’83 and going to movies in the Nineties, I wanted to create a moment that felt like those movies from the Nineties, when they had soundtracks to movies that ended up at Costco.”

“From the moment that Margot came to me and I knew we were making this for Margot, I equally knew we were making this for Ryan,” she said. “And I did not know Ryan at all. I’d never met him. I just was sure, and as soon as I thought of it, it made me so happy. Who else could do this? It’s some combination of Marlon Brando meets Gene Wilder meets John Barrymore meets John Travolta.”

BARBIE: THE ALBUM TRACKLISTING (Atlantic Records/Warner Bros. Pictures)

1. Lizzo – Pink
2. Dua Lipa – Dance the Night
3. Nicki Minaj & Ice Spice – Barbie World (with Aqua)
4. Charli XCX – Speed Drive
5. Karol G – WATATI (feat. Aldo Ranks)
6. Sam Smith – Man I Am
7. Tame Impala – Journey To The Real World
8. Ryan Gosling – I’m Just Ken
9. Dominic Fike – Hey Blondie
10. Haim – Home
11. Billie Eilish – What I Was Made For
12. The Kid Larry – Forever & Again
13. Khalid – Silver Platter
14. PinkPantheress – Angel
15. Gayle – butterflies
16. Ava Max – Choose Your Fighter
17. Fifty Fifty – Barbie Dreams (feat. Kali)

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