After The Notebook, and with that handsome face, it would have been easy to stamp Ryan Gosling with that cookie-cutter, romantic-lead label and call it a day. Too bad he didn't follow suit.
Well actually, we think it's a good thing. The Blue Valentine star seems to understand the tricky dynamic of real-life love. In turn we get to watch him create some pretty incredible characters with genuine depth, instead of the one-dimensional heroes of many a major Hollywood blockbuster or mediocre comedy. Although he insists he never planned it that way.
As he made clear in an interview The Observer magazine, "You know, it's not like I set out to be 'the indie guy.' I really believe my films are going to be successful, that I'm making 'The Blair Witch Project' - something that will transcend expectations and resonate with people. When my films don't do well, I'm hurt and surprised. It's discouraging."
We believe discouragement might be a thing of the past for Gosling, though. With a string of critically acclaimed films to his name where love plays a very non-traditional, non-fairy tale role, Gosling is finally in the race for a golden statuette at the Oscar ceremony this year for Blue Valentine.
Maybe that's because he is so enamored by his subject matter and it translates to great cinema. He recently talked about his roles, how they deal with love, and what intrigues him most about a relationship.
Contactmusic.com reported on Gosling's fascination.
"I'm interested in love and the lack of it and the crazy things we do to get it," he said.
"The knight slays the dragon and then lives happily ever after with the princess in the castle, but when they've moved in together, they have to share a bathroom. How do you keep love alive in a domestic situation? What is it about that that dismantles love?"
At 30-years-old, Gosling has had his fair share of those dismantled romances. Does Notebook co-star Rachel McAdams come to mind? But maybe he's going to make it last with rumored flame and Valentine actress Michelle Williams. His words seem to indicate he might be thinking future-sense.
"Maybe I'll have kids and my priorities will change," Gosling said, then quickly transitioned back to his films. "But I still feel that one of these days I'll make a movie and it's going to work."
We sort of feel that Ryan has already made movies that "work," but if striving for that particular goal keeps him onscreen, then we'd tell him to strive away. And that we'll totally be watching.
We mean that in a non-creepy way, of course.
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