Rob Brydon has admitted that he is not immune to criticism regarding his surprise appearance in Greta Gerwig’s record-breaking Barbie film. In the movie, which has grossed over $1 billion at the box office, the Gavin & Stacey star makes a cameo as Sugar Daddy Ken. The film stars Margot Robbie as the iconic Mattel doll and Ryan Gosling as her male counterpart, Ken. The ensemble cast also includes America Ferrera, Simu Liu, Issa Rae, and Will Ferrell.
In a recent interview with The Times, Brydon revealed that one of his scenes was cut from the movie. He stated, “I recorded two scenes in one day but they used only one, which itself was edited. All in all, it was shorter than one might have hoped for.” He expressed disappointment that his performance did not have the same impact as the British talent who were on set for months.
Brydon also addressed the criticism he received for appearing in the Hollywood film. He said, “It does slightly sting that some people are saying, ‘What’s he doing in such a big Hollywood movie?’” However, he acknowledged that he has chosen to focus on his career in the UK, hosting the BBC’s game show Would I Lie to You for the past 14 years, instead of pursuing big acting roles in America.
He explained, “I consider myself an actor who likes being based in the UK and who does a range of non-actor things because they pay the bills and they are fun.” Despite the criticism, Brydon admitted that he enjoys being marginally ‘heard of’ and appreciates those who are fans of his work.
The film’s star, Margot Robbie, previously stated that casting Brydon in Barbie was a priority for her. She was a huge fan of Gavin & Stacey and even received a birthday video message from Brydon in character as Uncle Bryn years ago. Brydon reflected on this and said, “You never know who’s watching, do you?”
Barbie is currently playing in cinemas.