Ahead of his starring turn in the film, which opens in cinemas in the UK on July 21st, Ken ‘talks’ about his new role in the movie, as well as his life as a famous bachelor.
Director Lee Unkrich, commented: “The idea of putting Ken in the film just felt rife with comic potential. Ken is a guy who is ostensibly a girl’s toy, and he’s also really nothing more than an accessory for Barbie.
“He is no more important than a pair of shoes or a purse. We figured he had to be pretty insecure about those things, and tried to tap into that as much as possible. He’s really into clothes, being the ultimate fashion maven. He wears a different outfit in every scene in the movie.”
Michael Keaton, who provides the voice of Ken, said: “He’s fantastic. I love this guy. He’s emotional. He’s crazy about Barbie and he’s got a lot of outfits — a lot of outfits.”
Barbie was introduced to the films in Toy Story 2 and in Toy Story 3, she takes on a bigger role and meets the man of her dreams, when she encounters Ken at Sunnyside Daycare.
Mattel will release a Barbie & Ken Toy Story 3 Gift Set to commemorate the moment the toy couple met. Barbie is sporting a blue all-in-one work-out leotard, finished with pink leg warmers. Meanwhile, style-conscious Ken wears a blue outfit complete with matching scarf and deck shoes.
“It’s impossible not to have fun with Ken and to take him as far as you can,” said story supervisor Jason Katz.
“He’s this wonderfully insecure kind of guy. We’ve played him as a mid-eighties California beach guy who’s very handsome but incredibly shallow and awkward. And I think Michael Keaton has a way of playing that which is so awesome.”
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