Sure, I could begin with all the things that Ryan Gosling and I have in common; we're both great looking guys, like V-neck shirts, and paparazzi swarm us both when leaving Denny's at 3am. But what tips the scoreboard in old Gosling's favor is the small fact that he was let into the Mickey Mouse Club and I sadly…was not. And we all know the rules, once the rodent blesses you; you're set for life. Oh, what might have been?
Here's a look into some of the film life of the perplexingly simple, yet elegantly rugged A-Lister:
Born in Canada in 1980 – Eh, nobody's perfect. To make up for being born in a country with a leaf on its flag (seriously, a leaf? C'mon) Ryan changes his accent to sound more Marlon Brando less Gordie Howe.
The Believer (2001)
The Grand Jury Prize Sundance winner shows that the tough talking Maple Leaf has some acting chops.
The Notebook (2004)
Besides being a movie that every guy has to watch to 'show his sensitive side' or be forced to sleep on the couch, The Notebook also put Gosling in a movie opposite Rachel Adams (score 1 for Ryan).
Half Nelson (2006)
How could a movie about freebasing cocaine and teaching middle school history go wrong? The Answer is it can't. Half Nelson earned Ryan his first Oscar nod, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Spirit Award. Not too shabby for a guy whose name rhymes with Smoshling.
Lars & the Real Girl (2007)
All I have to say is this, last time I fell in love with a sex doll I didn't get a Golden Globe nomination and a Satellite Award, unbelievable.
Blue Valentine (2010)
Blah, blah, blah, amazing acting performance, blah, blah, blah, Golden Globe Best Actor in a Motion Picture nomination. Always the bride's maid never the bride huh Ryan?
Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
In his first crack at the comedy genre he still gets to sleep with Emma Stone. Life. Is. Unfair.
Awesome movie, don't believe me look to your right and find out.
Gosling the Great will round out 2011 with the George Clooney directed, Ides of March, which I am sure should bring him more awards and accolades, more Ray Ban's and V-neck shirts, and of course more fame and stardom. Here's to you Ryan, long live King Smoshling.