Ryan Gosling sends Greta Gerwig Barbie flashmob to celebrate her birthday
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It seems Ryan Gosling is still feeling the Kenergy!
The Barbie actor has so embodied the role that he even surprised director Greta Gerwig with an entire room full of Kens. (Yes, really)
It was to celebrate the filmmaker’s 40th birthday, who was a little overwhelmed by the hilarious flash mob that appeared at her door on Friday (4 August).
Though Gosling wasn’t present for the impromptu performance, he did ensure that the cameras were rolling to capture the moment.
Even more hilariously, they bring the 'Kenergy' as they perform ‘I’m just Ken’ to the shocked director – who cries with laughter in the corner.
However, it wouldn’t be a giant blowout party without all the Barbies.
As the music changes to Dua Lipa’s ‘Dance the Night’, they rush to join the Kens and of course, are all dressed in pink.
It’s actually pretty heartwarming stuff as the routine comes to an end, with Gerwig getting up to hug the dancers – clearly still in shock from the touching tribute.
The clip was later shared on the official Barbie Instagram page, with the caption gushing about the film’s leading man.
It read: “As Kens know…. Sometimes the only way to express your feelings is through song & dance! Ken Ryan sent these special Barbies and Kens to start Greta’s birthday with all the feelings!!”
It’s unsurprising that Gosling would revisit the musical moment though, given that the actor actually played a major part in its creation.
The track was originally penned by producer Mark Ronson, who was a little nervous about sharing it with the cast and crew.
He told Vanity Fair: “When I sent the demo, I kind of mumbled that line, because I was like, if they don’t like it, I don’t want Greta…to think that I’m trying to provide the funny.”
However, the director was so impressed that she passed the demo on to Gosling, who then asked to perform the track in Barbie.
While the actor has had musical roles before, such as 2016’s La La Land, the director had to do a major rewrite because of the request.
Happily though, the director and Ronson found themselves tickled pink by Gosling’s performance.
The producer then told Vanity Fair: “He really got [that] it had to walk this line of not being funny or parody.”
But obviously, the song is also kind of ridiculous at times. So he was really amazing, and when he really did start hitting the big notes, I was like, this dude is a vocal powerhouse!”
It seems Gosling isn’t ‘just’ Ken then.