I did this scene in Lars and the Real Girl where I was in a room full of old ladies who were knitting and it was an all-day scene, so they showed me how. It was one of the most relaxing days of my life. If I had to design my perfect day, that would be it. And you get something out of it at the end. You get a nice present. For someone who wants an oddly shaped, off-putting scarf.
Ryan Gosling Quotes
The more opportunities I'm given, the more I learn about how easy it is to (expletive) it up. You fight for freedom and then you get it, and then you have enough rope to hang yourself. It's like trying to exercise some restraint because I do have so much freedom.
I always find it more interesting asking what it’s not. That suddenly forces everything in a different direction . . . We live in a time where we define art as just good or bad. In your profession, it’s come down to a star meter. It’s like, “How was your Chinese food last night? It was good, it was bad.” It’s important to remember that what art can do is inspire thought. For that purpose, good or bad really has no relevance. Because it can be good for all the bad reasons, or it can be bad for all the good reasons. I think it’s important that we sometimes just ask what it’s not, because it forces us to stay with it longer.
I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does. I think I’ve kind of over-saturated myself with myself. I just need a little break from myself.
Well, I’m not that good looking. I’m a pretty weird-looking guy. I know that, but that’s the magic of movies. If you play somebody who’s the romantic lead, it casts that spell and people believe that about you - but it’s not true. Every role I got up until The Notebook was the weirdo freak psychopath nerd outsider character guy. I was playing neo-Nazis and gay football players and doing a bunch of weird kids’ TV.
The sex felt real – it wasn't sexy or 'a sex scene', and that's why we got into trouble. You shouldn't be penalized for doing a good job.
Most movies when you're acting you're trying to block out the lights and the trailers. Here, you had to remind yourself you were making a film. Michelle and I found it hard to take off our wedding bands when it was over. We'd built this castle and then had to tear it down.
It was always an issue for me. I always felt too young for the role. It's psychological, I guess, but for me that just felt impossible. We did everything we could to get it to that point, but at the end of the day, I couldn't accept it. Within myself, I just didn't feel right.
I was always picking fights. Because I thought that was what the girls would like. I'd pick on the toughest guys because the girls liked them. So if I beat them up the girls would like me. But it never worked. I was just in so much trouble. They called me 'Trouble'; that was my nickname.
It has a weird effect on people. The experience of recognizing you puts them into some kind of trance where they think they know you but they don’t. They start sharing with you, and it gives you this intimacy that’s very rare.
I think like a girl, I think I was literally raised by my mother and my sister. And I just feel like I wouldn't know how to think any other way. My sister was my best friend and my hero growing up. Because I was home-schooled I didn't have a lot of friends and I did ballet, which was always just girls. All of that had an effect on my brain.
There’s no way that a film can capture in two hours the experience of making it, so it’s always disappointing in some way. The thing that’s so exciting when you’re making a film is that it can be anything and there are no limitations on it.
As an actor you have no control over the final product. It’s hard because you’re so involved in the pre-production process and the filming process, but as soon as that’s over, you’re not really a part of it anymore. The thing gets cut up, music gets put on, and you’re not involved.
It was kind of depressing because when I got there, they realized that I wasn’t really up to snuff in comparison with what some of the other kids were able to do. I remember one time they put four of us in a dance routine, but I was so off. I was on the end, so they just pushed the shot in closer on the other three guys to frame me out. I would just come in at the beginning of the show and then come back at the end, and occasionally I’d have a sketch here or there, but I didn’t end up working that much, which was disheartening.
I loved growing up in Canada. It’s a great place to grow up, because—well, at least where I grew up—it’s very multicultural. There’s also good health care and a good education system. So it’s a great place to be from, although, when I was 8, I was walking to school one day and I saw a frozen cat by the side of the road, and I picked it up and hit it against a tree.
The only thing I remember is we both went down swingin' and we called it a draw.
God bless The Notebook. It introduced me to one of the great loves of my life. But people do Rachel and me a disservice by assuming we were anything like the people in that movie. Rachel and my love story is a hell of a lot more romantic than that.
Women are mad at me. A girl came up to me on the street and she almost smacked me. Like, 'How could you? How could you let a girl like that go?' I feel like I want to give people hugs, they seem so sad. Rachel [McAdams] and I should be the ones getting hugs! Instead, we're consoling everybody else.
I feel somewhat responsible for how sexual she is now. When I see her with a snake around her neck, I think: Did I do that?