Remember cool actors? The ones whose mere presence on screen made you weak in the knees, even if they were just eating a carrot over a sink. Actors such as Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, would simply emanate effortless sex appeal rough-round-the-edges cool.
Remember cool actors? The ones whose mere
presence on screen made you weak in the knees, even if they were just eating a
carrot over a sink. Actors such as Jack
Nicholson, Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, would simply emanate
effortless sex appeal rough-round-the-edges cool. Our generation of actors has
drastically failed to fill this void; instead they have been replaced by
quirky, intelligent, character actors who couldn’t fight their way out of an
However, the emergence of Ryan Gosling over the last decade, in a
variety of roles, has seen him stake his claim as the new King of Screen Cool – despite being a former mouseketeer on The
Mickey Mouse Variety Show. This Friday you can see him starring in two of his
biggest films so far Drive – where he picked
the director – and Cazy, Stupid, Love, where he stars alongside Julianne Moore
and Steve Carell.
But here’s a reminder of where it all began
– Ryan Gosling as a Mouseketeer.
Mr Gosling is a Canadian native who, like
his predecessors Jim Carrey, Dan Aykroyd and Michael J Fox, is often mistaken for an American. After establishing
himself in Canadian television and movies with several lowly roles, Gosling’s
first serious role came in 2001 with The Believer. He played a Ku Klux Klan member who is exposed as being
Jewish. In this role Gosling uses an intense and passionate fervour that has rarely
been seen in cinema since Robert De Niro in Taxi Driver. The film went
on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. This recognition
enabled Ryan to start taking his craft more seriously and take greater
consideration in his choice of roles, as he looked to broaden his career.
The Believer Trailer
Gosling then established himself within the
Hollywood system with a series of eclectic roles in various movies such as
Murder By Numbers, where Ryan then dated his co-star Sandra Bullock. His next films, The United States of Leland and The
Slaughter Rule, dealt with teenage angst, and the later was nominated for the
Grand Jury Prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.
Gosling was now seen as one of the most
promising stars in the industry.
His next role saw him become a pop culture darling, with his face
adorning many a bedroom wall. The Notebook is an unremarkable movie, but the
chemistry between Gosling and Rachel
McAdams is so palpable that you find yourself truly invested in the
The NoteBook Film Clip
Due to this film’s success Gosling was able
to have the pick of any project he wanted. His choice of a drug-addicted,
junior high school history teacher in 2006’s Half Nelson showed off a
conflicted and effortlessly cool character, which drew audiences in seamlessly and
made them begin to care about this drug addled character despite his problems.
He projected a rock star ambience that meant audiences and critics alike were
unable to take their eyes off him throughout the entire movie. This performance
earned him high acclaim within his profession and saw him nominated for The
Academy, Screen Actors Guild and Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards.
Haif Nelson Trailer
His Emergence In Hollywood
Surprisingly Gosling then spent two years
focusing on his band. He then returned to the big screen with unusual film
choices such as Lars and the Real Girl, All Good Things and Blue Valentine
seeing him move into more mature characters. Each of these roles has shown off
his desire to pick fresh and innovative projects that deviate from the
Lars And The Real Girl Trailer
His upcoming roles in Crazy, Stupid, Love,
Drive and Ides of March, all released in the coming weeks, once again see him
take a fresh and different view point of characters in well worn genres, be it
a romantic comedy, political or action film. What’s most impressive about these
upcoming films are that each of them possess amazing ensemble casts including George Clooney, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore,
Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Paul Giamatti,
all of whom Gosling is leading. He has now firmly placed himself amongst
Hollywood royalty, up to the point where any film in which he stars is
immediately recognised as a worth-while movie that his performance will almost
certainly elevate beyond anything conventional.