A young Ryan Gosling appears in Road to Avonlea. From YouTube.
He earned more solid reviews in 2004 for his part as a young lover, opposite fellow Canadian Rachel MCADAMS in The Notebook, his biggest box-office hit to date, and he was nominated for an Academy Award for Half Nelson (2006) for his portrayal of a dedicated but drug-addicted inner-city schoolteacher. In the crime drama Fracture (2007), Gosling played a smart, hotshot district attorney matching wits with a powerful man, played by Anthony Hopkins, who has killed his wife. Gosling had a hit with Lars and the Real Girl (2007), a gentle, naughty comic melodrama about love found and lost with a life-sized plastic doll. He won the prize for best male lead at the Independent Spirit Awards in 2007 for Half Nelson and was nominated at the 2008 Golden Globes, and by the Screen Actors Guild, for his work in Lars and the Real Girl.
In Blue Valentine (2010; Golden Globe nominee for best actor) Gosling plays opposite Oscar-nominated Michelle Williams as a husband struggling to navigate the changes that have occurred in their marriage. All Good Things (2010) is based on an unsolved mystery surrounding the wealthy Robert Durst, and stars Gosling alongside Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella. In 2011 he had 3 major films in release: the action-thriller Drive (2011), his first film as a sole star; the ensemble romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid Love with Steve Carrell and Julianne Moore, his biggest box-office hit to date; and the political thriller Ides of March, where he shared top billing with George Clooney. His 3 next films are The Place Beyond the Pines with Eva Mendes, Gangster Squad with Sean Penn and Only God Forgives with Kristin Scott Thomas.
Despite having no formal acting training, Ryan Gosling's gallery of intense young men matches the best early work of Robert DeNiro and Gary Oldman. He has shown himself capable of playing characters who are utterly creepy yet somehow magnetic and attractive. Ryan Gosling has become an A-list Hollywood star, a long way from Breaker High.
Author PAUL TOWNEND
Links to Other Sites
All Good Things
Watch the trailer and featurette for the movie "All Good Things," starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst, and Frank Langella. From magpictures.com.
Crazy Stupid Love - Official Trailer
Watch the official trailer for "Crazy Stupid Love", a feature film starring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Julianne Moore. From YouTube.
An overview of Ryan Gosling's movie career from the guardian.co.uk.