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Ryan Gosling

24 January 2012

The last year has seen the world become Ryan Gosling obsessed - and with three films in the top 10 at the UK box office it is easy to see why!

With directors like Nicolas Refn Winding, George Clooney and Terrence Malick lining up to work with him, Gosling’s versatility in front of the camera is making him box office gold - and of course his chiselled face or his famous physique are helping him too…

With the release of DRIVE on DVD/Blu-Ray on the 30th JANUARY, here is a look at some of Ryan Gosling’s most notable performances...

The Notebook (2004- Nick Cassavetes) – A staple of every female’s DVD collection (and a guilty pleasure for most men...) The Notebook is Based on Nicholas Spark’s novel of the same name. Set in the 1940’s, it follows the relationship of Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams). Noah’s efforts to win over the beautiful and wealthy Allie initially seem futile, but charm and persistence spur a summer of love. The Notebook is undoubtedly the performance which put Gosling in the limelight and captured the hearts of teenage girls.
Half Nelson (2006 – Ryan Fleck) – Half Nelson deals with the controversial topic of drug abuse. Gosling throws himself in the deep end playing the lead as Dan Dunne, a history teacher with a cocaine addiction. Having been caught snorting cocaine in the locker room by young female student Drey (Shareeka Epps), Dan is inevitably put into a compromising situation and forced to react impulsively, shunning the experience as a one-off. As the story progresses, it is evident that Dan and Drey’s life are both significantly influenced by substance abuse which accounts for an unexpected and mesmerising bond. Gosling was given his first academy award nomination within the best actor category and established himself as the critic’s favourite!
Blue Valentine (2010) – He continued his popularity with The Academy with heart wrenching release Blue Valentine where he was again nominated for his role. The success of Blue Valentine, which is fundamentally a heavy tale about the dissolution of a marriage, goes to show just how impressive the performances of Gosling and his leading lady Michelle Williams were. And Gosling’s Oscar nomination really established him as a movie star and man of the moment.
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011 – Glenn Ficarra & John Requa) – Crazy, Stupid, Love sees Gosling in relatively unfamiliar territory, the comedy genre. Starring alongside Steve Carrell, Kevin Bacon, Julianne Moore and Emma Stone, Gosling plays the role of Jacob, a womanizer who has a near flawless track record with the ladies. When Cal Weaver (Steve Carell) discovers his wife Emily (Julianne Moore) is having an affair, Jacob takes him under his wing and gives him an intensive course in ‘picking up women’. The casting of Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love juxtaposed to his breakthrough role in The Notebook demonstrates how Gosling has gone from an upcoming star to an in demand A-star actor. From a lower class innocent young man to a swarve, sophisticated male dishing out dating tips.
The Ides of March (2011 – George Clooney) – Directed and cast by George Clooney, Gosling once again pushes the boundaries by taking on a lead role as a junior campaign manager in a political drama. Juxtaposed to Drive, Gosling has an extensive amount of dialogue. The story revolves around a presidential campaign with Mike Morris (George Clooney) and Ted Pullman (Michael Mantell) fighting for the vote in Ohio. Stephen Meyers (Ryan Gosling) is put in a predicament when the opposition invite him to jump ship and join the ‘winning side’. Despite the polemical themes throughout,   there’s still room for Gosling to have a hot on-screen relationship ...

And finally, Drive sees Gosling’s performance in Drive as ambiguous, mesmerising and gripping. Through body language and facial expression (and that scorpion jacket to boot) he effortlessly oozes ‘cool’ throughout. A video uploaded on YouTube (Spoiler warning!) demonstrates that throughout the film, Gosling has a total of 5 minutes and 23 seconds of dialogue. Whilst this is perhaps surprising from a lead role in a 90 minute feature, it’s not to be frowned upon.



The critical acclaim Gosling has received for his performance remonstrates that there’s a lot more to acting that just dialogue and once again reiterates his versatility as an established actor.

We also highly recommend checking out the soundtrack, our personal favourite:


Drive Film Page

DRIVE is on DVD/Blu-Ray on the 30th JANUARY