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Michael Cera Reveals How He Landed the Role of Allan in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ Film

Barbie’s Michael Cera On How His Agent Nearly Cost Him The Allan Role

Michael Cera, the actor with a knack for quirky characters, has just secured a role in Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ film – but how did he end up in the midst of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling? Let’s unravel the intriguing story behind Cera’s casting as Allan!

Last-Minute Twist: How Michael Cera’s London Journey for ‘Barbie’ Became a Reality

Michael Cera’s path to joining the cast of Greta Gerwig’s ‘Barbie’ took an unexpected turn.

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“It was a kind of very last-minute casting. My manager got a call checking on my availability for it, and he called me and he said, ‘I got a call about this movie. It’s the Barbie movie. Greta Gerwig’s directing it, and it’s filming in London for four months or something.”

Michael Cera

Initially, his manager expressed doubts about the London-based shoot, assuming Cera wouldn’t be interested. However, Cera’s enthusiasm for the project was undeniable. He reached out to Gerwig via email, and the director promptly arranged a Zoom meeting. Within hours, Cera secured the role of Allan, embracing the chance to work alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Evolution of the Allan Doll: From Ken’s Friend to Family Man

Introduced in 1964 by Mattel, the Allan doll was initially Ken’s buddy and a wardrobe-compatible companion. In the ’90s, he briefly became Alan, Barbie’s friend Midge’s groom. By the early 2000s, Alan found himself in the Barbie Happy Family line, now married to a pregnant Midge. Allan’s journey highlights the evolving roles and stories within the Barbie universe.