Greta Gerwig Was Initially Asked If That “I’m Just Ken” Scene Was Necessary To “Barbie,” And Fans Are Shocked

“There was a big meeting that was like, ‘Do you need this?’ And I was like, ‘Everything in me needs this,’” Greta shared.

It’s hard to imagine the Barbie movie without the masterpiece that was “I’m Just Ken” — but it turns out that director Greta Gerwig had to fight for it to make the final cut.

Kens dancing in a scene from "Barbie"

For those who haven’t seen it, the iconic sequence features the film’s Stereotypical Ken, played by Ryan Gosling, performing a powerful ballad about struggling to define his identity outside of his and Stereotypical Barbie’s (Margot Robbie) relationship.

Ryan Gosling as Ken looking at "Barbie"

He’s later joined by all the other Kens of the film for a huge brawl — or, as they’d say in Barbie Land, a “beach off.” And as ridiculous as the sequence is, it actually does a great job of parodying the way some men in real life find comfort in the patriarchy when they feel inferior to women.

Kens fightinh on the beach in a scene from "Barbie"

Ryan, who has received huge praise for his incredible performance as Ken, was the one who asked to sing the standout ballad after executive producer Mark Ronson penned its first lyrics.

Closeup of Ryan Gosling on the red carpet

And as soon as a clip of the sequence was shared online prior to the film’s release, fans and critics branded “I’m Just Ken” one of the highlights of Barbie.

A closeup of Ryan Gosling as Ken from "Barbie"

So, it came as a shock to several internet users when Greta recently revealed that she had to fight to keep the scene in the film.

Closeup of Greta Gerwig

Speaking with Succession creator Jesse Armstrong at the BFI London Film Festival on Sunday, Greta revealed that she was asked in a “big meeting” if the “I’m Just Ken” scene was necessary to the movie.

Closeup of Ryan Gosling wearing a t-shirt that says Greta Gerwig

“It just said in the script, ‘And then it becomes a dream ballet and they work it out through dance,'” she recalled, per Variety. “There was a big meeting that was like, ‘Do you need this?’ And I was like, ‘Everything in me needs this.’”

Closeup of Greta Gerwig

“They were like, ‘What do you even mean? What is a dream ballet?’ And I was like, ‘A dream ballet? Where do I begin!’” she said.

Closeup of Greta Gerwig talking onstage

Greta went on to explain that the scene was mainly inspired by the dream ballet featured in the 1952 musical Singin’ in the Rain.

Closeup of Greta Gerwig in a Barbie pink dress on the red carpet

“I was like, if people could follow that in Singin’ in the Rain, I think we’ll be fine. I think people will know what this is. So that was the big reference point,” she said, before admitting that she was still nervous about shooting the scene in case it ended up being “terrible.”

Closeup of Greta Gerwig

“Even though everything felt right to me and was giving me so much joy in the way we were doing it, it was also like, ‘Oh no, this could be just terrible, but now I’m committed,’” she said.

Closeup of Greta Gerwig

Reacting to this revelation online, several fans praised Greta for fighting for “I’m Just Ken,” describing it as “one of the best parts of the movie.”

Closeup of Greta Gerwig

“One of the most iconic cinematic moments of the decade was almost crushed by studio notes,” one person tweeted.

The Kens dancing

“Incredible movie, and she did really well fighting back against the corporate executives,” another user wrote.

Closeup of Greta Gerwig giving the heart sign

“Why were they even thinking to remove the most epic moment of the movie?” one fan questioned, while someone else wrote, “I’m glad they decided to keep it in the movie.”

The Kens walking through the street

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