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Watch: Ryan Gosling Tries To Find Integrity In Politics In Trailer For 'The Ides Of March'

by Kevin Jagernauth
July 28, 2011 3:17 AM
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In this weekend's "Crazy, Stupid, Love." Ryan Gosling plays a super-confident, smooth-talking, charming ladies' man and it looks like he's reprising that role again only this time, his easy smile and perfect hair will only go so far.

Set to open the Venice Film Festival, be a big ticket item at TIFF and a major Oscar player this fall, George Clooney's "The Ides of March" finds Gosling trying to navigate the murky personal and ethical waters of a political campaign and having trouble finding air. Loosely based on the 2004 Democratic primary run of Howard Dean, the story takes place just weeks before the state’s Democratic caucuses officially commence, following the exploits of a twenty-something presidential campaign spinmeister/wunderkind named Stephen Myers (Gosling) and the dirty pool he plays to get his candidate (played by Clooney) the nomination against a rival senator. And yeah, this thing is going to be an acting powerhouse. Paul Giamatti plays the campaign manager of the rival senator played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marisa Tomei is a New York Times reporter and Evan Rachel Wood stars as an intern for Myers’ campaign who has her eyes on Stephen.

Clooney recently said that he had planned to make the movie back in 2008 but delayed the production as the nation was in too hopeful a mood “for a cynical political movie. Now the cynicsm seems to have come back.” And indeed, there is a wickedly dark tone that runs through the trailer, one in which no one putting their hands into the political sphere gets away clean.

So far, so good -- this one does indeed look like an early contender, at the very least in the acting categories (Gosling, Giamatti and Hoffman in particular all seem to be right on point). "The Ides of March" opens on October 7th.

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7 Comments

  • teeem | July 30, 2011 4:42 AMReply

    Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the campaign manager, Gosling's boss. the rival senator is not a speaking part.

  • carrie | July 28, 2011 12:59 PMReply

    awesome poster

  • Mr Anonymous | July 28, 2011 10:22 AMReply

    I gotta say but these trailers for the smaller indie/drama movies are much more exciting than the trailers i see for the big summer blockbusters.

    A cracking trailer and another movie with a brilliant cast. Film looks fantastic!

  • Ryan Sartor | July 28, 2011 9:43 AMReply

    Ryan Gosling is a fine actor. If anyone can suggest someone who would have been better in 'The Believer', 'Half Nelson' or 'Lars and the Real Girl', I'm all ears.

    I was really looking forward to this movie, but the trailer doesn't really do anything for me. I hope it's good though. It's opening Venice, so I assume it is.

  • cineman | July 28, 2011 6:46 AMReply

    Gosling's year is upon us finally. This and Drive are making him look like the coolest actor around.

    Next to Tom Hardy maybe.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | July 28, 2011 5:39 AMReply

    Believe me, after seeing Crazy Stupid Love, audiences have no problems relating with Ryan Gosling.

  • Kotomi | July 28, 2011 5:38 AMReply

    While I like Gosling and think he is talented,I'm afraid he is too hyped these days(It's not his fault though).I have to agree with someone's comment online.
    "[i]He will have to show a greater amount of range and variety in his future performances in order to live up to the hype that has been around him as of late. "[/i]

    Above all、he will have to prove that he is the actor audience could easily relate with.This film will be test for him.

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