Michael Cera, the Canadian actor known for his quirky roles, revealed the reason why he wasn’t part of the Barbie movie’s group chat. Despite starring in the film, Cera explained that he doesn’t own an iPhone or any smartphone at all. Instead, he uses an old school flip phone, which sets him apart from his co-stars who are connected through WhatsApp.
Cera plays the character Allan in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie movie, which is inspired by the iconic Mattel doll. The star-studded cast also includes Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, Will Ferrell, and Emma Mackey. Although Cera’s absence from the group chat may seem unusual, he mentioned that even if he had a smartphone, his character Allan is portrayed as someone who lives in his own little world, distancing himself from the others.
Allan is a real doll in the Barbie lineup and has been part of the franchise since 1964. In the Barbie novels, he is introduced as “Ken’s Buddy” and has a romantic connection with Margaret “Midge” Hadley, Barbie’s best friend. Cera shared that when he arrived on set, Gerwig gifted him a picture disc of NSYNC’s album “No Strings Attached,” which served as a guiding light for his character’s backstory.
The Barbie movie had its premiere in Los Angeles, receiving early positive reactions. Ryan Gosling’s performance was particularly praised, with some suggesting he deserves an Oscar nomination for his scene-stealing portrayal. Jamie Jirak from ComicBook.com tweeted that the film is her favorite of the year and commended Gerwig for beautifully exploring the positive and negative aspects of the Barbie character.
However, the movie faced controversy as it was banned in Vietnam due to a doodled world map that appeared to include the disputed “nine dash line,” representing China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea. Vietnam, opposing China’s claims, considered it a violation of their sovereignty.
During the Barbie world premiere, Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling joined their fellow cast members on the pink carpet. Robbie’s striking black dress from Schiaparelli featured embellishments, rhinestones, and a strapless design with a flowing nylon net flounce at the hem.
Barbie, the film that follows Barbie and Ken’s adventure into the real world as they live among humans, is scheduled for release in the UK on July 21. Michael Cera’s decision to stick with a flip phone in a world dominated by smartphones adds a touch of amusement for his fans.