Michael Cera Reveals Ben Affleck Was Supposed To Have A Cameo In Barbie, And I’m Genuinely Baffled

February 10, 2024 - Movies

It’s been over half a year since Barbie opened in theaters, and there’s still a lot of talk surrounding what CinemaBlend ranked as one of the best movies of 2023. Among the many things this movie has going for it is its all-star cast, which included looping in Michael Cera as Allan, although his manager nearly cost him the role. But ahead of the public finding out how Barbie will do among the other 96th Academy Award nominees, Cera has revealed that Ben Affleck was supposed to cameo in the movie, and I’m genuinely baffled.

Remember that moment when Allan is hiding in the back of Stereotypical Barbie’s car as America Ferrera’s Gloria and Ariana Greenblatt’s Sasha are driving back to the real world, only to make his presence known once “Push” by Matchbox Twenty started playing on the radio? Only moments later, Allan started fighting with some construction workers who were attempting to build a wall around Barbieland (and failing to do so since it was going up), but according to Cera, it was Affleck who was originally supposed to be in that scene rather than him. As he told The AV Club:

I wasn’t even supposed to fight in the movie. Am I allowed to say what it was supposed to be? It was supposed to be Ben Affleck. Right? Am I allowed to say that?

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