It’s been over half a yr since Barbie opened in theaters, and there’s nonetheless loads of discuss surrounding what CinemaBlend ranked as probably the greatest motion pictures of 2023. Among the various issues this film has going for it’s its all-star forged, which included looping in Michael Cera as Allan, though his supervisor practically value him the function. But forward of the general public discovering out how Barbie will do among the many different 96th Academy Award nominees, Cera has revealed that Ben Affleck was purported to cameo within the film, and I’m genuinely baffled.
Remember that second when Allan is hiding at the back of Stereotypical Barbie’s automobile as America Ferrera’s Gloria and Ariana Greenblatt’s Sasha are driving again to the actual world, solely to make his presence identified as soon as “Push” by Matchbox Twenty began taking part in on the radio? Only moments later, Allan began combating with some building employees who had been trying to construct a wall round Barbieland (and failing to take action because it was going up), however based on Cera, it was Affleck who was initially purported to be in that scene reasonably than him. As he instructed The AV Club:
Considering that Barbie featured a cameo from John Cena as a Kenmaid, i.e. a merman Ken, the prospect of merely seeing Ben Affleck in it doesn’t sound bizarre to me. What I’m extra perplexed about is how he particularly would have match into the film. If it was Affleck who was purported to combat these building employees reasonably than Michael Cera, then who was his character purported to be? One of the Kens who didn’t facet with Ryan Gosling’s Ken? Could he one way or the other have been one other Allan, although there’s solely purported to be one among them in Barbieland at a time?
I’m hoping that Margot Robbie or director/co-writer Greta Gerwig can shed extra gentle sometime on what this Ben Affleck scene exactly entailed, as a result of I want a clearer image on what may have been (like that deleted scene impressed by Jaws). As for why the cameo didn’t work out, Michael Cera attributed it to scheduling points, saying:
The film Michael Cera’s referencing is probably going Air, the biographical sports activities drama in regards to the creation of the Air Jordan which started filming in June 2022, three months after Barbie started principal images. Affleck additionally performed Nike co-founder and CEO Phil Knight in Air reverse Matt Damon’s Sonny Vaccaro. Back to Barbie, Cera additionally talked about that he and the remainder of the forged and crew didn’t discover out Affleck may seem till “the 11th hour,” which required some last-minute planning:
Michael Cera added that throughout the rehearsal for this combat scene that was initially “never part of Allan’s journey,” they improvised a second the place Allan murdered one of many building employees. It was meant to simply be a joke that he didn’t count on Greta Gerwig to maintain in, however positive sufficient, there it’s within the last model. To paint Allan in a barely higher gentle although, that building employee continues to be transferring round a bit of on the bottom after Allan’s carried out with him, so we don’t want to fret about Cera’s character being a assassin.
Barbie might be streamed now with a Max subscription, and we’ll be taught if it takes residence any Oscars when the following Academy Awards ceremony airs Sunday, March 10 on ABC. Michael Cera’s subsequent film, Sacramento, doesn’t have a launch date but, and Ben Affleck is connected as a producer to motion pictures like The Instigators, Unstoppable and Small Things Like These.