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Giggles with Gosling: Clooney is Dreamy, Drive's REO Speedwagon Fate & Other Interview Revelations

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 16, 2011 at 8:26AM

Ryan Gosling is busy--making movies, promoting movies, saving lives--but he spent some quality time with Vulture and it resulted in a quote-worthy conversation. He talks about working in wet pants with George Clooney, Nicolas Winding Refn having a thing for his mom, politics, Los Angeles and more. (You can see Gosling in Drive this weekend.)
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Ryan Gosling is busy--making movies, promoting movies, saving lives--but he spent some quality time with Vulture and it resulted in a quote-worthy conversation. He talks about working in wet pants with George Clooney, Nicolas Winding Refn having a thing for his mom, politics, Los Angeles and more. (You can see Gosling in Drive this weekend.)

Why so busy? He sees things differently now than he did a few years ago. "Drive was just an idea. I never would have done that film had REO Speedwagon not come on the radio. I feel like the circumstances are dictating what I do now, as opposed to me dictating them. You know, something happened in that car." He talks about that fateful car ride in our interview below:

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This article is related to: Directors, Headliners, Celebs, George Clooney


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.