Last week I had breakfast with three friends from London, Ontario (that’s in Canada for the geographically challenged out there) and our conversation eventually—perhaps inevitably—turned to the actor from their hometown who seems to be everywhere as of late: Ryan Gosling. It was so cute to see how proud they were of him (“We’ve been fans since his awkward phase on The Mickey Mouse Club!”) and how excited they were that he’s finally getting his moment in the spotlight. There was also talk of possible stalking opportunities during the Toronto International Film Festival (currently underway), where Gosling would be making an appearance on behalf of his new film, Drive (opening tomorrow, stay tuned for Locke’s review).
And of course we had to chat about the viral video from late August where Gosling was shown breaking up a street fight in NYC, and doing it oh-so-stylishly in a striped tank. Much was made of the actor’s hipster outfit, which is what he claims he wore “at the gymnasium” earlier that afternoon, according to an interview he gave to MTV where he tried to downplay his heroics. At first (before I actually saw the clip) I thought the whole thing was an elaborate stunt, staged for publicity of his upcoming movie, but now I am confident it’s the real deal. If you haven’t seen the video in question, here it is—my favorite part by far is the female video-taker and her friend’s hysterical squeals after they realize it’s “The guy from the movies” … “From The Notebook!”
Between this video, the already popular Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” Internet meme, his great performance in Crazy, Stupid, Love, rave reviews for his turn in Drive, an upcoming starring role opposite George Clooney in The Ides of March, an impressive portfolio of films over the past decade, and a slew of projects on tap for the next two years (including the part of Logan in Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s remake of the 1976 sci-fi cult classic Logan’s Run), I’d say Gosling is finally about to prove to the rest of the world what so many of us have known for a while: he’s one of his generation’s best and most versatile actors. And if he can stop two dudes from punching each other in the face every once in a while, all the better. But I do agree with Vulture that he does need to do something about that nonsensical accent…
Ryan Gosling at redbox!