New behind-the-scenes footage highlights Ryan Gosling's musical number in 'Barbie'

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
New behind-the-scenes footage highlights Ryan Gosling in 'Barbie'
Ryan Gosling brings the "ken-ergy" to his big music scene in "Barbie."

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- You may think "he's just Ken."

But Ryan Gosling brought Barbie's boyfriend to life in song and dance in the summer's top-grossing movie.

The actor wanted to make sure Ken wasn't just arm candy. Now we get to see some of the behind-the-scenes footage of his character's memorable musical number, which shows off Gosling's talents in the power ballad, "I'm Just Ken."

If you're a fan of writer-director Greta Gerwig's summer blockbuster - and of Gosling's heartfelt performance as the often-left behind boyfriend Ken - you can watch behind-the-scenes footage of Gosling and his castmates as they go through various stages of rehearsal for the big number.

There are also several shots of Gerwig busting out laughing at the performance.

The video also shows us some of the famous musicians who are part of Ken's song, including guitarists Slash and Wolfgang Van Halen.

"I'm just Ken" debuted at No. 87. on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 4 on Hot Rock Songs and No. 5 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. It is Gosling's first time making the Billboard list. The song also saw more than 5 million streams in its first week of release.

"Barbie" is on track to become 2023's top-grossing film.