Rob Brydon has explained the reason behind his brief appearance in the blockbuster movie “Barbie.” The Welsh actor and comedian makes a cameo in the film alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. Brydon plays Sugar Daddy Ken, one of the many actors who portray different versions of the iconic Barbie and Ken dolls. UK cinemagoers dubbed Brydon’s appearance a “jump scare,” a term that the actor admits “slightly stings.”
It was previously revealed that Robbie, a fan of Brydon’s show “Gavin & Stacey,” specifically cast him for the role. However, Brydon has now disclosed in a new interview that his role was not intended to be as brief as it turned out. He recorded two scenes in one day, but in the end, only one scene was used, and it was edited down. Brydon humorously stated, “All in all, it was shorter than one might have hoped for.” Nevertheless, he optimistically acknowledged that while his appearance was short, it made more impact than some of the other British actors who were on set for nine months.
Other British stars in the film include Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connow Swindells from “Sex Education,” and Nicola Coughlan and Lucy Boynton in smaller roles. Prior to the film’s release, Brydon made light of his brief appearance on Twitter and encouraged audiences not to blink during his scene.
Directed by Greta Gerwig, the Mattel film has received rave reviews and has already grossed over $1 billion at the international box office. It was released on the same day as Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” with many moviegoers opting to watch both films in a double bill. Nolan’s film has become his biggest opening behind blockbusters like “The Dark Knight” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
In a recent interview with Virgin Radio, Brydon revealed that he once sent Robbie a birthday message in character as Uncle Bryn from “Gavin & Stacey.” He speculated that his casting in “Barbie” may have been Robbie’s way of saying “thank you.” In addition to starring in the film, Robbie also served as a producer.
In conclusion, despite his brief and edited appearance, Brydon’s role as Sugar Daddy Ken in “Barbie” has made an impact and added to the film’s success.