Ryan Gosling the Mouseketeer is all grown up. By 26, he's already scored an Oscar nomination for Half Nelson and recently had the chance to star opposite Anthony Hopkins in Fracture. Now, he's ready for something completely different. Ryan is set (and excited) to star as a man who falls in love with a life-sized doll in the upcoming film Lars and the Real Girl. Hey, never let it be said he's afraid to take risks. Gosling, had this to say about the role — and the doll:
"They have really realistic ones. You can design them and they feel real," says Gosling, who plays the title character. "[My character] has a delusion. He orders one and he's convinced she's real. He's a hermit. He takes her into the town he lives in, and [the townspeople] play along with him, so they can get to know him and make him feel comfortable. In the process they fall in love with her too."
Evidently they're trying for something in the vein of a Hal Ashy film like Being There or Harold and Maude. Those are big shoes to fill, but if anyone can make us fall for a character in love with a blow-up doll, it's Gosling. I'm definitely excited to see how this one turns out.
And at least there's one thing that's for sure — he's not going to leave Rachel McAdams (if they're even still together) for his costar!