Why It's So Special: Pixar’s ability to keep the Toy Stories fresh is helped no end by a playpen full of real-life toys to find inspiration for...and in Toy Story 3, Barbie’s fella Ken gets a look-in.
In Pixar’s typically original conception, this Ken isn’t the alpha male of marketing hype but a love-sick puppy constantly striving to impress the girl of his dreams. Voiced by Keaton in classic borderline-nutso mode, he’s suave, cool and close to cracking up.
Keaton speaks: "What I didn’t realize until I saw it was that Ken and Barbie, unlike some of the other toys, actually are limited. Literally. When I saw them, I was like, "Oh, that’s right. He doesn’t move. He’s built out of that plastic thing."
Actors are unbelievable in the way they think. You kind of go, "Oh, man, if I had known that ..." I can never stop working. Anything you see, you always go, "Oh, if I could’ve had another crack at that! Why didn’t think of it? Plastic! It’s so obvious!"