10 things you didn't know about Ryan Gosling

10 things you didn't know about Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling is a pretty amazing actor. Rising initially in The Notebook, he went on to do a number of art-house films with director Nicolas Winding-Refn, and even directed a film of his own. Now, we're counting down ten things you didn't know about Ryan Gosling.

1. He only got a role in The Notebook because he was not handsome or cool

In possibly the greatest misread of all time, the director of The Notebook decided to cast Gosling because he just seemed like a regular guy. The director told him:  "I want you to play this role because you're not like the other young actors out there in Hollywood. You're not handsome, you're not cool, you're just a regular guy who looks a bit nuts."

2. Ryan Gosling starred in Blade Runner 2049 on the strength of the story

This was no industry connection to get a big star in a role in a random movie - Gosling deeply empathized with the plight of his character, K, an android who believes he is special, and dates a female hologram that is mass-produced by the film's evil android corporation. Gosling called the film "wildly unique" and said that story was "paramount".

3. He directed a film called Lost River

Deeply inspired by director Nicolas Winding-Refn, whom he worked with on Drive and Only God Forgives, Gosling decided to direct a stylish mysterious film of his own, saturated with his own take on the unique color scheme of Winding-Refn's films. The film has been criticized for its story, but the visuals are certainly nothing to balk at.

4. He built his own car for Drive

Starring as the unnamed driver, a forever-alone quiet hero with a heart of gold, (a role Gosling is exceptional at) Gosling wanted to understand his character deeply, so he built the car that he uses. The director, Winding-Refn, said: "Ryan wanted to build his own car. So the car, the Malibu, the old gray car he drives around, he built himself. He took it apart and put it back together."

5. He also built the table from The Notebook that the characters had sex on

In the scene where Gosling and Rachel McAdams finally get together, on a kitchen table, he had built that very table. What a craftsman. Also, McAdams and Gosling reportedly hated each other while filming this romance flick.

6. He lived in a tent in the woods for two months

In 2007, the producer of a film called Fracture tried to reach out to Ryan Gosling. However, he couldn't get him on the phone. The reason? Gosling was living in a tent in the woods for two entire months, going away from civilization for undisclosed reasons.

7. He tattooed himself, and he thinks tattoos are goofy

Gosling got himself a tattoo kit, using it on his arm and describing it as such: "One of my tattoos is supposed to be a monster's hand dropping a bloody heart but I did it myself with a tattoo kit so it looks like a cactus."

He later added: "A tattoo should never be meaningful because at a certain point you're going to hate it, and it might as well make you laugh."

8. He saved a British writer from getting hit by a car

Writer and academic Laurie Penny was "crossing 6th avenue in a new pink wig" when Ryan Gosling pulled her out of the path of a fast-moving taxi. Apparently, she was looking the wrong way because she was used to London's streets. Gosling saved the day.

9. He played spin the bottle with Britney Spears and taught her about sex

That's right, Gosling apparently grew up with and shared many moments of adolescence with Britney Spears. He says they used to play spin the bottle as younger kids, and that he taught her about sex, "positions and such".

10. He hangs out alone at Disneyland

In the spirit of his loner characters in Drive and Blade Runner 20149, Gosling has said that one of his favorite ways to relax is to put on a pair of headphones and a hat, go anonymous, and just take rides alone at Disneyland all day. Very aesthetic.

Well, did you learn something new about the legendary Ryan Gosling?