Ryan Gosling's Hidden Talents - Beyond Acting, Music, And More!
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Ryan Gosling really does know how to heat things up.In addition to being talented and gorgeous, it turns out the actor is also an expert in the kitchen.Gosling’s longtime partner Eva Mendes made the revelation about his culinary abilities on Instagram.Ryan is an amazing chef AND baker, the actress replied to a fan who asked if Gosling could cook. For reals. Incredible. No joke.There you have it. Ryan Gosling is perfect.The Drive actor’s chef skills come in extra handy as Mendes admitted her abilities are limited in that department.

I'm not sure that what I do is cooking, she added. Its more like steaming veggies and juicing and making rice. He really cooks. I survive.Mendes and Gosling have been together since meeting in 2011 while filming The Place Beyond the Pines. The couple share two daughters, Esmeralda, 5, and Amada, 3.Since they began dating and starting a family, Gosling has gone on to much acclaim by starring in films such as The Big Short, La La Land and First Man. Mendes has mostly retreated from the spotlight having last appeared on the big screen in the 2014 film Lost River, which Gosling also happened to write and direct.The 45-year-old recently spoke out about her hiatus and why she’s chosen to take a break from her film career.

As a mother now, there are many roles I won't do. There are many subject matters that I don't want to be involved with, so it limits my choices and I'm fine with that, Mendes wrote in January. I have to set an example for my girls now, she reveals.Half Nelson earned Gosling his first Oscar nomination, and while the film is quite good, his follow-up in 2008, Lars and the Real Girl, is the role that represents the type of actor Gosling was always meant to be. 

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It showed Gosling at his best  at least, up to that point in his career. Directed by Craig Gillespie, and written by Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl is a movie that sounds like it should be a disaster: A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the internet. 

In most hands, this would in fact be a mess, slated for the grindhouse, especially because the doll in question is a sex doll; you can already imagine the potential hijinks. Yet they made it work.

Some people will go into Lars and the Real Girl expecting big laughs, but the humor of this movie is dead-pan and uncomfortable. The key with Lars and the Real Girl is that we’re not laughing at Lars’s delusions, but rather we’re laughing at everyone else’s efforts to play along with him. 

Lars is a likable protagonist in how both comedic and tragic he is. He is good at heart. His brother and sister-in-law, his doctor (Patricia Clarkson), and the townspeople reckon with the way they see other people in order to accept this man who’s barely capable of hurting a fly.

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Ryan Gosling's Hidden Talents - Beyond Acting, Music, And More!
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Lars is a sensitive man haunted by past traumas; he’s afraid of intimacy, both physical and emotional.1. All too often we have characters in movies suffering from mental illness being painted as villains, or dangerous, but Lars is a man struggling with mental illness who easily shows himself to be good.

Ultimately, the film is about people’s delusions and how common they actually are. Lars is shown to be the most extreme case, but all the townspeople are shown to have their own little quirks. The film seems to be saying, So what if someone is sensitive? If they’re kind, and they’re open to people helping them, then they ought to not be treated as the enemy.

Kindness is king in this movie; it makes the plot plausible, and gives life to Lars, a character who very easily could’ve been played as a fool. Between the emotionally honest screenplay and Gosling’s performance, Lars’s relationship with Bianca becomes real. As someone who has social anxiety, I have to admit I also relate to Lars to an extent.

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