John Cena has revealed how he landed the role of Merman Ken in Greta Gerwig’s upcoming movie Barbie. The actor said that a chance meeting with Margot Robbie during the filming of Fast X led to him taking on the role of Merman Ken. Fast X was filming close to Barbie, which made Cena’s casting fate.
Cena said that he had never worked with Robbie before and they randomly ran into each other as friends. Robbie asked him, ‘Why don’t you do Barbie?’ Cena replied, ‘I’ve been trying!’ and said that he would do whatever she needed.
Cena is one of many recognizable stars to take on the role of Barbie’s male counterpart in Gerwig’s upcoming movie, just as how Robbie’s Barbie will be joined by other Barbie variants. Promotional material has featured Ryan Gosling’s Ken alongside Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Scott Evans, and Kingsley Ben-Adir, all of whom are playing a Ken.
Barbie is one of 2023’s most anticipated films and Cena’s story about his chance meeting with Robbie is a fun glimpse into how the production came together.