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Is Ryan Gosling Turning into George Clooney?

Post by Katiedot on Tue Sep 20 2011, 08:45

Thanks Henway for the link:

From LA Times

Is Ryan Gosling turning into George Clooney?

September 19, 2011

That question is, in many ways, a compliment. Who wouldn't want to be like Clooney, esteemed as an actor, loved by the ladies. Plus Gosling breaks up fights on random street corners.

But there's a less favorable Clooney trait that Gosling seems to be emulating lately.

As Hollywood wisdom has long had it, Clooney is an A-list star (and often a critics' favorite) but rarely a box-office draw. The last five movies in which he had a lead part have included only one hit ("Up in the Air"), one decent performer ("Michael Clayton") and three disappointments ("The American," "The Men Who Stare at Goats," "Leatherheads").

With a middling opening weekend for "Drive"--the dark crime drama took in $11 million on nearly 3,000 screens this weekend--it's fair to start asking if Gosling is walking down the same path.

Gosling began his mainstream career with a bang in 2004, turning a humble romantic drama, "The Notebook," into a female-driven sensation. But his last five movies follow a similar trajectory to Clooney's. Those films have included a hit ("Crazy, Stupid, Love"), two well-reviewed but modest performers ("Blue Valentine" and "Lars and the Real Girl") and two disappointments ("Fracture," "All Good Things").

These examples have to be taken in context, of course. Many of the films fit a decidedly indie profile and don't get the marketing support a Clooney picture might. And Gosling is known for taking on roles that aren't exactly commercially accessible. (To be fair to Clooney, he's also sought out challenging parts; that's one of the perks of being a star in the first place.)

Still, it's notable that even combining celebrity and acting talent --as Gosling and Clooney both do--doesn't necessarily add up to commercial success. We love seeing and hearing from actors like them, but we've yet to demonstrate we'll pay with any regularity to watch their work.

Next month will bring a rare experiment. Clooney and Gosling will each seek to open a movie-- the same movie, in fact, the political drama "The Ides of March." The film raises plenty of interesting questions about the American public's appetite for a story that could already seem familiar from cable news. But Hollywood will be asking an equally tantalizing question: Is the actors' drawing power any stronger together than it is apart?

--Steven Zeitchik

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Re: Is Ryan Gosling Turning into George Clooney?

Post by lucy on Tue Sep 20 2011, 14:02

That's not the only comparisons, " his dating" is starting to remind me of GTC. Just kidding, he's 30, single, good looking, and has actually been in a longer relationship already, than George ever has, with the exception of Max! RG films the ones I've seen, he shows versatility, IMO not doing films like the Notebook, and Crazy, Stupid, Love, over and over again is a plus. Think this young man could have an Oscar in his future, with a long career.

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Post by sandwiches on Tue Sep 20 2011, 16:44

Ryan's the real deal. He can act very very well. Looking hot doesn't hurt either. Very Happy

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Post by pattygirl on Tue Sep 20 2011, 16:54

I'm not a follower of RG, only saw him in The Notebook, as far as I can recall. I'm really not much of a movie goer. Last movie was Harry Potter DH 2. Next movie will be IOM. Hate to pay for something I'm going to walk out on as there is so much crap out there. Netflix is my friend, as well as regular TV movies. If I get real impatient, there's alway the rental place in the supermarket, $1.00 a DVD. Better than $8.00 if I don't like it.

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Post by sandwiches on Tue Sep 20 2011, 17:20

I love going to the movies! My husband gets a deal with movie tickets at his work so it's not that expensive to go to a movie for us.

Funny, I love Ryan but never saw The Notebook.

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Post by pattygirl on Tue Sep 20 2011, 19:00

Saw that on TV. Hallmark and Lifetime show it repeatedly. Nice chick flick and a really sweet story.

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Re: Is Ryan Gosling Turning into George Clooney?

Post by cindigirl on Tue Sep 20 2011, 19:04

It would take a WHOLE lot of turning for Ryan or Brad Pitt to turn into Clooney. IMO George is a man, R&B are just boys.

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Re: Is Ryan Gosling Turning into George Clooney?

Post by pattygirl on Tue Sep 20 2011, 21:51

Ryan is just a boy, Brad is a man, but not anywhere near the class of our George. He is in a class by himself.

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