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Here’s the first look at an appropriately orange Ryan Gosling in ‘Barbie’

Ryan Gosling is the Ken we got for 'Barbie,' but his he the Ken we deserve?

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The first look at Ryan Gosling in Barbie has arrived, and although it will likely swoon many, he also has a skin hue that would make Annoying Orange don an envious shade of green.

The image was released by Warner Bros. Pictures’ official Twitter account.

Even though many admitted Gosling is considered a highly attractive celebrity, some mocked how seemingly older he is to be playing the role of a wrinkleless and ageless anthropomorphic piece of plastic.

According to IMDb, Gosling is 41 years old — and while 40 is the new 30 these days — we have to imagine most of the children who played with the dolls may have imagined Barbie and Ken to be slightly younger.

“Yikes! More like Ken’s grandfather, there,” one user wrote.

Another Twitter user imagined Barbie would be getting a refund after Gosling’s Ken appeared to originate from clothing brand Shein.

On the other hand, plenty of other fans leveled praise at the picture-perfect casting.

“[N]othing but respect for my barbie & ken,” one Twitter user wrote, sharing not only Gosling’s photo but Margot Robbie as Barbie.

Another Twitter user imagined Ken might just be a gold-digger preying on the more famous Barbie.

One commentator proclaimed Gosling is “actually perfect” for the role.

Another fan was convinced it looked like Ken was from a knock-off brand, “like when you buy him off Wish.”

The film will also star Saturday Night Live alumn Kate McKinnon, Ugly Betty actor America Ferrera, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu, according to Variety.

Barbie comes to theaters on July 21, 2023.

Danny Peterson
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Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'