Ryan Gosling: meet the star of 'Lars and the Real Girl' - Telegraph
Last week, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut Lost River was met by mixed and . Although, in an interview with a teen magazine in , he. Dreams really do come true! At least, that's the case if your dream happens to involve Ryan Reynolds and Ryan Gosling standing side-by-side. Mention Ryan Gosling to women – and to a number of men as well – and frequently a Emma Jones meets The Notebook actor (but not his dog) . "I wanted George here today, you know, doing interviews with me," he says.
The story goes that Gosling was such a bad influence on the future popstrels that their mothers complained to the studio. We're gonna kick you off the show if you say anything sexual again.
All I care about is sex! How can I not talk about it? I don't know what they expected. He secured his first feature role with 's Remember the Titans, and then filmed The Believer and the indie flick The Slaughter Rule, before earning good reviews for his performance as one of the killers in the psychological thriller Murder By Numbers, alongside Sandra Bullock.
He hit the headlines when he went on to date Bullock. It was his role in The Notebook, however, that brought him to international attention, securing the first of his many unwanted appearances on magazine 'hot' lists, and his second high-profile romance. Such was the interest in his relationship with his co-star, Rachel McAdams, that when the couple split up last year, 'one girl came up to me on the street and almost smacked me. Like, "How could you let a girl like that go?
If you do enough interviews, you become conscious of what works and what doesn't, what stories are funny, what things to go over and you are kind of expected to dictate how this experience goes, and you start to play this character who is a sort of polished part of your personality.
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Earlier this year, there were rumours that he was dating Michelle Williams, the former girlfriend of the late Heath Ledger. She was Gosling's co-star in the now-postponed romantic comedy Blue Valentine.
Both Williams and Gosling have denied the rumours. To his countless female fans, this news will be very 'cool' indeed. He has gained a few pounds, courtesy of his abortive stint on The Lovely Bones, an adaptation of Alice Sebold's harrowing book, directed by Peter Jackson.
Gosling gained an extra 10lb to play the part of Jack, husband to Rachel Weisz's Abigail, but left the production citing 'creative differences'. Mark Wahlberg replaced him. The rumour-mill began to turn the moment Gosling left the set, and some suggested that the actor had been fired.
He refutes this, as do the filmmakers, saying that the director and star had a difference of opinion.
To begin with, we thought it could work, but then I realised that it had the potential to be very distracting. And if it distracted us from the important theme of the film, then it just wasn't worth it. Whether he likes the term or not, he is the most 'Method' of Hollywood's young actors, exploiting the rebellion and exclusion of his youth to capture characters who are waging war on themselves. To research the teacher he played in Half Nelson he moved to Brooklyn and shadowed a middle-school teacher, as well as educating himself in the Civil Rights movement he would be teaching on screen.
It was cheap, so it was no big deal. I used my per diem for it,' he says with a smile. I didn't get a per diem! We had birthdays and made cakes. We would have whole days just dedicated to fighting.
We had to fight with each other all day and then, at the end of the day, when we were exhausted, he would have us take the girl who plays our daughter to a family fun park, so we had to pull ourselves together and have a nice time. All of those things never made the film, but I think you can feel them in the fabric of the movie.
So by the time we were shooting the later part of the story, it really felt like a lot longer than a month had gone by, which made it much easier for us to leave the past behind and embark on something else. It felt like we made two films, in a way, and he cut them together. If you live in a house for a month, you know where everything is in the cupboards. You know the house intimately. Derek created a situation where if you ever got called to act, it was a last resort.
It was a very rare experience, working on this film, and I feel very lucky to have had it. We recently did a movie together [Crazy, Stupid, Love, due out in ]. Which I was excited to do. Yeah, it had to be. It was about a family of superheroes. No, I knew that you were funny. But I think being funny as a person and being a really good comedic actor can be separate things, and while I knew you were funny, your strength as a comedic actor caught me off guard.
I hate to deconstruct comedy, but you were very specific about what makes you laugh. I like when the situation is funny, and the people within the context of that situation are playing it for real. When we first met about this film we did together, we talked a lot about Gene Wilder, about how he was the master of that.
I feel like Gene Wilder is my Marlon Brando or something. He just presents you with an array of emotions and leaves it up to you to decide. You know, when he played Willy Wonka [in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, ], there was always something slightly terrifying and angry and sadistic about that character, all of which you would imagine might take away from the magic of it.
But there was something about how he played it that let you see how this guy living alone in this place, as Wonka was, could have been affected by all of that, how it would have affected his emotional state.
So let me ask you this: I can see the disappointment in their faces. Or is it awe? Well, we know that probably 80 percent of this is a lie anyway.
We established that early on. That I am a liar. My whole life has been a lie. To prepare for the role, Gosling moved to New York for one month before shooting began. He lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn and spent time shadowing an eighth grade teacher. He drew inspiration from James Stewart 's performance in Harvey.
He originally turned down the role, but changed his mind when Hopkins signed on. Each actor is playing a pulp type rather than a fully formed individual, but both fill in the blanks with an alchemical mix of professional and personal charisma. However, he left the production two days before filming began because of "creative differences" and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg.
The director Peter Jackson and the producer Fran Walsh persuaded him that he could be aged with hair and make-up changes. It was our blindness, the desire to make it work no matter what.
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I just showed up on set, and I had gotten it wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed. It's OK to be too young for a role. I used to kind of dread it. It was so emotional and taxing. But I've found a way to have fun while doing it. And I think that translates into the films. The low-budget film was mainly improvised and Gosling has said "you had to remind yourself you were making a film". Scott of The New York Times found him "convincing as the run-down, desperate, older Dean, and maybe a bit less so as the younger version".