Michael Cera delivers uproarious comedy in his portrayal of Allan in the Barbie film. As Ken’s perpetually underrated companion, Cera’s performance stands out with unforgettable moments. From his distinct dance moves in the Dance The Night disco scene to his constant look of bewilderment, his deliberate and methodical fence-climbing antics, and his panicked yelp when he believes his close friend Ken is in jeopardy at the beach—these instances just scratch the surface of his comedic brilliance.
However, Michael Cera disclosed that we almost didn’t get the opportunity to witness his unique portrayal of Allan gracing the silver screen. During a conversation with GQ before the SAG-AFTRA strikes, the actor famous for his role in Superbad unveiled that his manager came perilously close to rejecting the role outright. This assumption stemmed from the belief that Cera wouldn’t be inclined to move to London for the filming.
An inquiry regarding my potential participation in the project reached my manager’s desk. He phoned me and explained, ‘I received a call about the film, the Barbie movie directed by Greta Gerwig. It’s scheduled to shoot in London for an approximate four-month period,'” Michael recounted.
His manager proceeded to divulge that he had conveyed to Greta’s team, “I suppose he might not be interested since I assume he wouldn’t be keen on relocating to London.”
“I was completely taken aback. I asked, ‘What?! What are you talking about? Get back to them,'” Michael clarified. “While he didn’t entirely jeopardize the chance, he had already primed them for the notion that I might refuse,” he went on. “My response was, ‘How could I even consider letting this slip by? I absolutely have to take on this role.'”
During a Barbie press event, Michael took matters into his own hands. He acquired the director’s email address through a mutual acquaintance and sent her a message, inquiring, “Could I take on the role of Allan? Is that a possibility?”
He elaborated, “Her response was immediate. She sent me a Zoom link and encouraged, ‘Let’s connect right now. Click on the link whenever you’re set.’ She remained available on the Zoom call for the next hour.” Michael continued, “We engaged in a discussion, and the subsequent developments unfolded swiftly from that point onward.”
The character Allan draws inspiration from an actual Mattel doll that the toy company introduced in 1964, designed as Ken’s closest companion. Unfortunately, due to lackluster sales, Allan was discontinued merely two years later, though he did experience a revival in the 1990s.
Greta’s Barbie film has shattered records following its release the previous month, crossing the $1 billion mark in global box office earnings. It has etched its name in history as the top-grossing movie helmed by a female director, achieving this remarkable feat within its first month of screening.
In recent days, the movie surpassed a milestone previously held by Christopher Nolan’s 2008 Batman film, The Dark Knight. Greta’s creation now stands as Warner Bros’ highest-earning domestic release ever, having amassed an impressive $537.5 million at the US box office thus far.
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