BY CARMELA FERRO
Oh Ryan Gosling, where do I even begin?
He’s kind, humble, funny, talented and he might just be Canada’s proudest export. We fondly remember him as the sweet kid from The Mickey Mouse Club, the goofball from Breaker High or the unforgettable romantic lead from The Notebook. However, in recent years he has evolved from these characters into playing some of Hollywood’s most interesting roles.
You can catch the heartthrob on-screen in his next role as a bleached-blond, tattooed, motorcycle stunt driver who robs banks in order to provide for his family in The Place Beyond the Pines.
In the meantime here are five other characters that are nothing like Ryan Gosling.
5) Murder By Numbers
Character: Richard Haywood, a wealthy and popular high-schooler who teams up with a brilliant nerd to elaborately plan perfect murders as a perverse form of entertainment.
Why he’s not like Ryan: While Ryan can certainly be described as wealthy and popular, I’m sure he has much better things to do with his time than plan murders for entertainment. For example, visiting Darfur refugee camps, playing in his band, running his own restaurant, hanging with his dog George or attending his mother’s graduation from Brock University.
4) Half Nelson
Character: Dan Dunne, a crack-addicted history teacher who forms an unlikely friendship with a student.
Why he’s not like Ryan: I’m pretty positive that Ryan is not a crack addict, but even he is, he’s the most handsome, functioning and successful crack addict I’ve ever heard of.
3) Lars and the Real Girl
Character: Lars Lindstrom, a sweet, quirky and socially inept man who develops a romantic relationship with an inflatable sex doll.
Why he’s not like Ryan: Ryan is sweet, quirky and the exact opposite of being socially inept. That man could charm the pants off any doll, but I’m pretty sure his vibrant personality, humble demeanor, boyish good looks and Hollywood status are enough reasons to entice a woman made of flesh. (Currently Eva Mendes has this honour, she stars alongside Ryan in The Place Beyond the Pines.)
2) All Good Things
Character: David Marks, the son of a powerful real estate tycoon who becomes increasingly unstable, controlling and violent just before his wife disappears without a trace. (Based on a true story!)
Why he’s not like Ryan: Hey girl, he’s Feminist Ryan Gosling! I don’t think he would hurt a fly, he felt so bad about the scene where he had to pull Kirsten Dunst’s hair that he sent her flowers the very next day.
Character: Driver, a mechanic, a professional stunt driver and a getaway driver with a dark past and sociopathic tendencies.
Why he’s not like Ryan: It’s really hard to picture Ryan stealing cars and literally stomping heads infront of his date when we all know he even takes time out of his busy day to stop street fights.