Film & TV

Pop Quiz: Is There a Role for Ryan Gosling in Your Next Film?

Film & TV

Pop Quiz: Is There a Role for Ryan Gosling in Your Next Film?

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1. Is your character unpredictable, like Leland P. Fitzgerald in 2003's "The United States of Leland," in which Gosling plays a seemingly gentle 16-year-old boy who stabs an autistic boy to death? WATCH IT NOW
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2. Is your character's emotional state perpetually locked somewhere between mildly upset and profoundly depressed like Henry Letham in 2005's "Stay"? WATCH IT NOW
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3. Is your character the perfect man apart from a deep, dark, and disturbing secret that fundamentally undermines his romantic relationship like Mr. David Marks from 2010's "All Good Things?" WATCH IT NOW
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4. Or maybe your character is the definition of suave like Jacob Palmer of 2011's "Crazy,Stupid, Love," if only it wasn't for his womanizing habits? WATCH IT NOW
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5. Or is your character a talented driver who, for the sake of his close ones, has to turn to a life of crime, skull stomping, and effortlessly wreaking general havoc with a wounded look etched across his face like the eponymous lead of 2011's "Drive"? WATCH IT NOW
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6. Is your character disillusioned with the world at large and finds purpose in fighting on behalf of justice while falling for the bad guy's girl like Sgt. Jerry Wooters in 2013's "Gangster Squad"? WATCH IT NOW
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7. Maybe your character is a talented driver who, for the sake of his close ones, has to turn to a life of crime...wait, this has to be a mistake. "The Place Beyond the Pines." WATCH IT NOW
8. Does your character have to do really bad, atrociously violent things for good reasons, like Julien in "Only God Forgives" who has to drag people around by their teeth and box a Bangkok police lieutenant to avenge his brother's death? If you've answered yes to any of these questions, congratulations, you've written a classic Ryan Gosling vehicle! Now grab some matches, light your script on fire, toss the burning mess into your toilet and let's write Gosling an original character to play!
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When I heard Ryan Gosling was starring in Nicolas Winding Refn’s forthcoming Only God Forgives as a brutal killer with a glimmer of compassion in his eye, I felt the nauseating pangs of déjà vu. Again? It’s like Gosling is dead-set on proving that he can play one character and one character only. Now, I know Gosling is more in demand than cigarettes at a rehab clinic, and if you’re a director or screenwriter, you’d probably eat your first born just to have him read your script. But how do you know if you have a Gosling character in your film? Easy! Take our quiz!