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Extracts From Ryan Gosling ‘Canada.com’ Interview:


- “He might be taking notes. Gosling also plans to become a director - his first project will be a remake of the 1980 music-industry picture, The Idolmaker - and he says Refn and Derek Cianfrance, who directed Gosling’s 2010 drama Blue Valentine, are two of his biggest influences. They are the two who ``really allowed me to be a partner. We made the films together. As much as I was helping, they were also helping me to direct my own films.” “
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- ” That duality between David Lynch tastes and a Disney sensibility has continued. The tattooed thespian loves the Magic Kingdom.

“I still go to Disneyland,” Gosling says. “I try to go as much as I can. It’s one of my favourite places in the world.”

Gosling is also a musician, and he comes by it honestly; he says his father Thomas was so talented, he learned 10 grades of piano in one year - but, unlike many celebrity rockers, he had a younger audience in mind.

His band, called Dead Man’s Bones, started with an idea to produce a play for school audiences, something about love stories for monsters. But it was too elaborate and expensive a scheme, so he and his friend Zach Shields translated the idea into music.

“We didn’t know how to play instruments, so we took a year to learn to play instruments and then we made the record,” he says. “So suddenly, we were a band.” They released an album and toured in the U.S. in 2009. In every city, children’s choirs, dressed up like monsters and zombies, were invited to sing.

Dead Man’s Bones is planning another album, but Gosling says this time, there will be no children involved. “If we’re going to go on tour, you can’t smoke, you can’t swear, you can’t get drunk,” he says. “You have to make sure they have pizza and go to the bathroom. It’s not very rock 'n’ roll.” “
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- ” “I’m 30,” he says. “So everything’s different. It feels different now, somehow. I’m not even 31 yet. Maybe I’ll know when I’m 31. I know it’s the beginning of a new chapter. That’s all I know.” “
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- ” For years, he was restricted to films loaned by the public library - “Bible movies and nature movies” - until, as a young teenager, he joined a video store in the Seaway town of Cornwall, Ont., where he grew up.

“They had a deal in the summer: four movies for $4,” he says. “For two summers, I watched four movies every day, and eventually, I watched so many movies, the guy behind the counter said, `If you really want to see something, you’ve got to see this.’ And he gave me Blue Velvet. And the way it was presented to me, I loved it already. And I wanted to make things that were being passed under the table. I didn’t want to be on the shelves.”

Nor is he.

Gosling is more of a made-to-measure actor, a rising star who comes to the Toronto International Film Festival as both a homegrown hero and the poster boy for the festival’s indie/Hollywood vibe. “
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