An A-Z Guide To Ryan Gosling

H: How To Catch A Monster

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Not content with being on Hollywood’s hot list, with a plethora of fans, some awesome projects in the pipeline (see also, ‘T: Terrance Malick’) and a fairly successful band (see also, ‘Z: Zach Shields’), Gosling recently announced the title of his directorial debut; How To Catch A Monster.

Details are sketchy at current, but what we do know is that Gosling has written the script about a mother and her son, who enter into a dark underworld to protect their family, and Gosling will direct for a 2014 release. The film stars Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn, and is a fantasy thriller.

From the recent trends of Gosling’s project choices, it is a safe bet that this could well be an excellent first outing for the budding director. Who knows, we could well have the next Ben Affleck or Clint Eastwood on our hands.

 

I: Independent Cinema

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It is a well-known fact that in today’s climate, the best way to make the film you really want to make is to do it outside the Studio machine. In fact, Independent cinema is fast becoming the bread and butter of award’s season, and funding is becoming increasingly easy to come by for filmmakers.

Gosling is one of the darlings of Independent cinema, with Gangster Squad being his only real foray in big budget film. There is no doubt that with the ‘hipness’ of outsider film-making, Gosling will likely remain on the fringes of the Hollywood system; and rightly so, because if it helps him continue to make stone cold classics, then no one can complain.

J: Just Ryan

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“All my characters are me. I’m not a good enough actor to become a character. I hear about actors who become the role and I think ‘I wonder what that feels like’. Because for me, they’re all me. I relate to these characters because aspects of their personality are like me. And I just turn up the parts of myself that are them and turn down the parts that aren’t.”

There you have it. Every character Ryan Gosling portrays is simply a little piece of himself. Lessons to be learnt from this;

  • keep him away from your wife / daughter
  • watch him around mannequins
  • if you want to buy him a drink then get him an ‘Old Fashion’
  • he is an awesome builder / mechanic / politician
  • but a terrible husband / teacher / role model

Oh, and never lend him your car or piss him off in an elevator.