Ryan Gosling Sings About Being ‘Just Ken’ in New ‘Barbie’ Sneak Peek Song

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This summer, get ready as two legendary icons come together on the big screen. Don’t miss the all-new Chevy Blazer EV and Barbie herself, in the new movie BARBIE, only in theaters July 21.

We're literally counting down the minutes until Barbie hits theaters on July 21, and while most details of the film have been kept hush-hush, one thing is already quite clear: Ken (Ryan Gosling) is going to get plenty of laughs.

Gosling portrays the iconic sidepiece to Barbie (Margot Robbie) in Greta Gerwig's highly-anticipated comedy. And in a new sneak peek video from the film, we see “the man behind the tan” singing about what it's like to be “just Ken.” Check it out below.

In the musical clip, we see Ken show off his muscles, strum a guitar, (attempt to) surf and lead a group of fellow Kens in song, who are all dressed like John Travolta in Grease.

Throughout the track, the Notebook actor examines his relationship to Barbie. “I just don't know who I am without you,” Ken wails. He also delivers some hilarious lines, including, “Is it my destiny to live and die a life of blonde fragility?”

Apparently, he also has feelings toward Barbie that aren't reciprocated, as indicated by the couplet, “I’m just Ken / Where I see love, she sees a friend.”

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When Barbie had its world premiere in Los Angeles on July 9, critics praised Gosling's humorous performance. In one tweet, Joseph Deckelmeier wrote, “@RyanGosling & @SimuLiu are pure entertainment! The whole cast is brilliant!” Meanwhile, Jamie Jirak tweeted, “I can't officially quit Twitter before telling you all that #Barbie is currently my favorite film of the year. Greta Gerwig somehow exceeded my expectations. She tackles the positives and negatives of Barbie so beautifully. Give Ryan Gosling an Oscar nomination, I'm dead serious!”

Robbie also praised Gosling's comedic work in an interview with People, where she said, “Ryan is the most comedically gifted actor I have ever worked with. He really is...I ruined most of his takes because I was laughing through all of it.”

We can't wait to see Gosling be “just Ken” on July 21.

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