“I identify with Lars more than with any other character I’ve ever played. I feel that awkward, too. I feel a separation between who I think I am, who I actually am and how I’m perceived to be. It’s hard to truly connect with people. He wants to connect, but he doesn’t feel that he has the tools to do it. I don’t think it’s just me. I think there’s a little bit of Lars in all of us.” - Ryan Gosling
I am as uncomfortable with it as I am talking about it. It’s not a real thing, it’s some kind of cosmic joke that’s going to be revealed soon. I never was considered that way and I think a lot of it has to do with the stigma that attaches to you from film. I think anybody who was in ‘The Notebook’ would be receiving similar comments. It’s just the nature of it. I know from just being a guy and looking at a billboard you’re like: ‘That guy’s not a sex symbol. They’re trying to sell that on us? No way! That’s never gonna stick.’ And then suddenly he’s like a huge deal and you can’t believe it. I used to hate those guys and now I am one.
Cianfrance was adamant not to let production designers dig the hole for Ryan in the scene where Dean is burying his dog. Ryan dug it himself and an hour and a half later, “when he was done digging the hole, he broke down. And that was an unscripted scene, him crying at the table. He was actually so emotional and what he told me afterwards was that, that process tricked his body because his body was so exhausted and his body didn’t know that that wasn’t his dog. His body just buried his dog, and his body reacted in that way.”
Interviewer: What do New Yorkers say to you on the streets? I hear they mistake you sometimes for other actors.
Ryan Gosling: Yeah like, well y’know, that they’re disappointed when I’m not Ryan Reynolds?
Interviewer: Is that what happens?
Ryan Gosling: Yeah!