5 items from 2013
Ryan Gosling is currently in the process of adding writer/director to his list of skills after announcing a break from acting to concentrate on his film-making debut, How to Catch a Monster. With that in mind, here's a look back at five of the actor's finest moments. What scenes would you add to the list?
1. The Believer
Gosling plays a young neo-Nazi in Henry Bean's movie, brutally growling out his dialogue with lips permanently curled in a sickening snarl.
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2. Half Nelson
Here he plays a schoolteacher quietly declining into drug dependency. His numbed lethargy and increasing lack of control offer no romantic notions about addiction.
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This, the Ryan Gosling edition of Posterized, has the cleanest trajectory of any I've done. It's like Young Hercules never put a foot wrong once he left minor teen success on tv for the movies at 20. It's just one steady climb up to superstardom: the showy debuts, the solidifying his rep years, the Oscar nominated and populist breakthroughs and then on to superstardom in 2011.
Hey girl, how many have you seen?
The Believer (2001, Spirit Nom)
Who Was That?
15 More Films & The Gosling Ascendance after the jump »
- NATHANIEL R
At some point in the last few years, Ryan Gosling became the Internet's best friend. There's the YouTube video of him breaking up a street fight in New York City, and the ridiculously popular "Hey Girl" meme. The man even has dish towels with his face on them being sold on Etsy (a product that was brought to his attention during a recent interview). Nevertheless, the star seems to react to Gosling mania with bemused detachment. (Regarding the "Hey Girl" meme, he told the Hollywood Reporter last week that "I don't think it's really about me.") Besides, he has other things to worry about, like pretending to rob real bank tellers and riding a motorcycle, which he did for his new movie, "The Place Beyond the Pines," which hits theaters this Friday. The film has Gosling re-teaming with "Blue Valentine" director Derek Cianfrance. Here he stars as Luke, a motorcycle »
- Alex Suskind
New York — What's Ryan Gosling's secret to his on-screen poise, his ability to disarm and provoke merely by his laconic presence?
"Just try not to blink," he says with a self-deprecating smile.
But Gosling's uncanny, communicative stillness – along with his sensitive vulnerability, his serious dedication to his work and, well, the guy ain't bad looking – has made him one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, a widely beloved, new-generation idol. It might be the only role he's uncomfortable playing.
Rather than exude preternatural cool, in a recent interview Gosling spoke more with the uncertain, self-critical grasping of a still-developing actor trying to find his foothold in an illusory profession. Soon to direct his first film, he's looking forward to taking a step back just when moviegoers can't get enough.
"I've been doing it too much," he says of acting. "I've lost perspective on what I'm doing. I »
Oh, Ryan Gosling. America's Sweetheart. The man who was robbed — robbed! — of the Sexiest Man Alive title. There are several good reasons why The Gos inspired the wave of "Hey Girl" memes: He's our handsome dream boyfriend who will write to us every day for a year, will do the "Dirty Dancing" lift with us in his living room and break up a street fight in New York on his way home from the gym, and so much more.
But what of the other side of Ryan Gosling? The somewhat darker side. Sir is a thespian, after all, and not all of his movies involve good-looking charmers who sweep the heroine off her feet with a romantic gesture. In "Drive," for example, Gosling's character's version of a romantic gesture is wordlessly smashing a guy's skill in in an elevator in front of his girl. Hey girl? Nay, girl.
Ahead, in meme form, »
- NextMovie Staff
5 items from 2013
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