There are no more movie stars. The era of stars carrying movies with their looks and talent is over. Done. Gone. A thing of the past. Now the real stars of Hollywood are animated characters, toys and franchises. However, there is one person who can possibly defy this trend and his name is Ryan Gosling.
The Canadian actor has 'Five-Tool' talent. He's good looking. Check 1. He is a talented actor. Check 2. He has a great back story and solid filmography. Check 3. Lives a famously private life with actress and wife Eva Mendes (“Hitch”) and two children. Check 4. And he has the drive. Check 5. He wants it and is willing to work to get it.
Not saying he’s going to be the next Will Smith or Tom Cruise but Gosling does have the potential to be something larger than the current crop of young actors and actresses. The ladies love him and guys want to be him. He’s dedicated to the craft and cordial with the press. That’s the magical formula for success.
Gosling’s star power has been on the rise since “The Notebook” hit screen in 2004. It’s his “Titanic” and you see where that got Leonardo DiCaprio. Now all Gosling needs is a “The Revenant.” We’ll get to that a bit later. Although “The Notebook” made Gosling a household name it was two indie films where he truly established himself as a special talent. Critics fell in love with the young thespian after starring in “Half Nelson” and “Lars and the Real Girl.” Both were made with tiny budgets and Gosling excelled in each delivering measured and nuanced performances.
The one thing Gosling has also done is avoid true clunkers on his resume. “Gangster Squad” opposite Emma Stone was the closest to a true stinker of a movie on his filmography but it isn’t nearly the disaster many of his contemporaries have on their record.
LA LA DREAMS
No, he didn't win an Oscar for his performance in "La La Land" but he went all in to make the musical one of the most magical movies in the history of cinema. He learned to play the piano. He perfected his dance moves. He rehearsed exhaustively with Emma Stone.
The problem with Gosling's nomination for "La La Land" is it was for the wrong movie. Gosling was actually much better in "The Nice Guys" with Russell Crowe which was also released in 2016. The movie is an underrated gem and Gosling is tremendously funny. The chemistry he has with Crowe in the crime caper is exceptional and Gosling’s comedic timing was razor-sharp and charm levels way beyond ten.
This summer Gosling stars in “Blade Runner 2049” along with Harrison Ford. The futuristic sci-fi film picks up 30 years after “Blade Runner.” Ryan Gosling is Officer K, a new blade runner for the Los Angeles Police Department who unearths a long-buried secret that has the potential to plunge what's left of society into chaos. This should inch him closer to becoming a ‘true’ movie star.
Next up for Gosling is "First Man" a biopic about Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong directed by "La La Lands'” Damien Chazelle. Gosling will portray Armstrong the first man to walk on the moon. Rumors are Emma Stone will play the moon. Just kidding. The project does deliciously sound like Oscar bait and will be released on October 12, 2018.
Gosling is headed in the right direction to becoming Hollywood savior. Even if he never achieves that lofty status he has already proven that he is one of the best in business. What’s not to love about Gosling?
RYAN GOSLING'S 5 BEST PERFORMANCES
1. Half Nelson (2006)
2. Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
3. The Nice Guys (2016)
4. Drive (2011)
5. La La Land (2016)