Ryan Gosling is exactly that kind of guy that all guys hate. He has that smug smirk, ripped abs, and smooth manner that make the ladies swoon. Of course, many guys can pull that off. There’s nothing unique about that. What really makes him the scourge of every girl’s boyfriend is two words: “The Notebook”.
The 2004 romantic weepy based on a Nicholas Sparks novel set the bar impossibly high for all boyfriends for years to come. His portrayal of an incredibly attentive, thoughtful and romantic husband in “The Notebook” spawned millions of instances where an annoyed girlfriend would scream to her man, “Why can’t you be more like Ryan Gosling in ‘The Notebook’?!’.
Fortunately, Gosling has benefited from the passing of time. It has dulled the impact of “The Notebook” while also giving him time to accept many films roles that show his range as an actor, as opposed to just his value as female eye candy.
Gosling got his start as a child actor in the Disney Channel’s 1993 reboot of “The Mickey Mouse Club”. As this show was also responsible for giving us Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera (not to mention Jessica Simpson, Keri Russell, and JC Chasez), it’s not difficult to see how Gosling could end up being an afterthought, which he was for awhile.
However, in the early 2000’s he started to get on audiences’ radars with roles in “Remember the Titans” with Denzel Washington and “Murder by Numbers” with Sandra Bullock. 2004 brought “The Notebook”, which was responsible for him going supernova. After the frenzy of “The Notebook” died down, Gosling followed the Leonardo DiCaprio (post-“Titanic”) path of transitioning from teen magazine pinup to legitimate actor.
Like DiCaprio, Gosling tackled weightier roles and darker themes in films like “Half Nelson” and “Lars and the Real Girl”, which earned him critical acclaim. He also showed he was not afraid to go head-to-head with Hollywood heavyweights such as Anthony Hopkins in 2007’s underrated “Fracture”. More recently, he more than held his own against Oscar winners George Clooney and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in “The Ides of March” (which even included a third Oscar winner, but less acclaimed actress, Marisa Tomei). With “Gangster Squad” about to be released, as well as two other films in the pipeline for 2013, Gosling will continue to be on the cinematic forefront with quality roles that help men forgive him for “The Notebook”
It should probably come as no surprise that Gosling is also a fan of tattoos. Meaning seems to have little bearing on his decision to get them. By his own admission, they are mostly homemade designs that he gets inked because they amuse him. He has quite a few. Here are some photos of his ink
You can get your Ryan Goslin fix at his fan site: http://goslingfan.com/
or on his Twitter page: https://twitter.com/RyanGoslingReal (I think this is the actual page)