Crazy, Stupid, Love was one of our favourite movies of 2011, and we can’t wait to own a copy on DVD when it becomes available on Feb. 1! To celebrate its upcoming release, we’ve got a fun interview with the film’s second leading man, the always-dreamy Ryan Gosling. Read on as Ryan talks about how he got into character as suave Jacob, whether he worked out for his infamous shirtless scene, and why he loves acting.
On what attracted him to the role: “Steve Carell. I’ve always wanted to work with him. I’m a huge fan. I worked with him when I first moved to Los Angeles. I got a pilot, and I had a small part on it, so did he. We didn’t actually get to work together, but he was so funny that I would just go to set to watch him work. One time, the boom guy dropped the mic and had a laughing attack in the corner. And that’s the first time I had ever worked with somebody that was so good it was like a problem. So, I made a promise to myself, said I would work with him. So when this came up, I just had to do it.”
On whether his naked scene or catching Emma Stone was more embarrassing: “Both were equally as embarrassing. Emma didn’t trust that I wouldn’t drop her, no matter how many times I proved to her that I wouldn’t. We had a stunt woman come in, and I lifted this woman probably 10 times and I never dropped her, but it was like, ‘After 10 times, you’ve got to be tired. You’re going to drop me next, I can’t do it.’ So, that was embarrassing. And then, of course, you could imagine why the naked scenes with Steve were embarrassing. But if you have to lose your comedic virginity, you’d want it to be with Steve; he’s very gentle.”
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On how the movie challenged him: “I just had never made a film like this before. It was really out of my comfort zone. So, I had to sort of give myself to the other actors and the directors, and just looking for direction, and help.”
On whether he worked out for his impressive shirtless scene: “Oh, no, it was just Photoshopped [laughs]. It’s like James Cameron invented this program called Ab-atar, and you just wear a motion capture suit; and suddenly you have abs in the scene. It’s pretty neat [laughs].”
On whether he has a new appetite for comedy: “I would like to just keep working with these people. I hope we can do that again, work with Steve, and Emma, and all the actors and the directors. We’re looking for something, so hopefully we can find something.”
On how he got into character: “I just basically tried to follow all the rules that those men’s magazines give you, like all the ways you’re supposed to dress, all the exercises you’re supposed to do, and all the things you’re supposed to say. Just follow the letter of the law. So, I just tried to adhere to that. Like, I read that book, The Game. I like to call it The Lame. Or that TV show, The Pickup Artist. I watched that show.”
On Emma’s character: “The whole movie really depends on who plays that character, because everything kind of hinges on her, in many ways. And, certainly, for my character, that he has to see this person in a bar, and give it all up for her. As soon as Emma walked in the room, I just knew the movie was going to be good.”
On living an actor’s life: “I feel very lucky. It’s like living many lives in one. You get more than just one.”
Crazy, Stupid, Love is available on DVD and Blu-ray from Feb. 1.