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Hollywood’s next (if cautious) big thing: 2011 was the year that Ryan Gosling broke big. He appeared in three major studio releases – Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides of March and Drive – and as a range of leading men: a predatory womanizer, an idealistic young campaign manager and a professional getaway driver with a murky past and proclivity for wrenching violence. So the question, which began back with Gosling’s first standout feature performance in The Believer back in 2001, remained perfectly apropos a decade on: Who is this guy? And where is he going? The latter is anyone’s guess, which is the sign of a truly interesting movie star. Gosling’s past provides very little by way of predicting his future, but that’s also why it’s tempting to speculate. In the offing, there are two unreleased features: Only God Forgives, which sees Gosling working again with the Danish director of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, and the as-yet-untitled Terrence Malick project which installs the actor in the promising company of Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Benecio Del Toro. There is also Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, based on the actor’s own script. And then there’s his recent announcement that he’s taking a break from acting for an undisclosed amount of time. And so the unexpected multiplies. What kind of recently confirmed A-list movie star walks away from the gravy train just as it pulls in? Or turns to directing a movie he doesn’t star in? Who is this guy, anyway? Good question, and I hope it isn’t answered any time soon. In the movie business, not knowing is a rare and valuable thing. (Wilson Webb/AP)
Hollywood’s next (if cautious) big thing: 2011 was the year that Ryan Gosling broke big. He appeared in three major studio releases – Crazy Stupid Love, The Ides of March and Drive – and as a range of leading men: a predatory womanizer, an idealistic young campaign manager and a professional getaway driver with a murky past and proclivity for wrenching violence. So the question, which began back with Gosling’s first standout feature performance in The Believer back in 2001, remained perfectly apropos a decade on: Who is this guy? And where is he going? The latter is anyone’s guess, which is the sign of a truly interesting movie star. Gosling’s past provides very little by way of predicting his future, but that’s also why it’s tempting to speculate. In the offing, there are two unreleased features: Only God Forgives, which sees Gosling working again with the Danish director of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn, and the as-yet-untitled Terrence Malick project which installs the actor in the promising company of Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Benecio Del Toro. There is also Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, based on the actor’s own script. And then there’s his recent announcement that he’s taking a break from acting for an undisclosed amount of time. And so the unexpected multiplies. What kind of recently confirmed A-list movie star walks away from the gravy train just as it pulls in? Or turns to directing a movie he doesn’t star in? Who is this guy, anyway? Good question, and I hope it isn’t answered any time soon. In the movie business, not knowing is a rare and valuable thing. (Wilson Webb/AP)

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In honour of Ryan Gosling (and our celebratory week of Gosling!), a kid from Canada who had his eye on the camera even before it looked at him, we give you the many reasons why he's A+ in our books

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