Ryan Gosling Confesses: "I Get Sick of Myself" In Movies

The Oscar-nominated Hollywood heartthrob talks about his newest role in 'Blue Valentine' and about his compulsion to act

While Ryan Gosling is proud of the latest film he's starring in, the harrowing indie drama about a marriage gone awry called Blue Valentine (in limited release December 29th, which he lovingly refers to as the "biggest dog on my porch"), it seems the acclaimed actor would, more often times than not, prefer not to be part of movies at all.

During a candid interview with the Los Angeles Times, the Golden Globe-nominated star explains the reason why he doesn't apear in too many films (despite having both Blue Valentine and All Good Things out this month) and his fears about being in the spotlight.

"I get sick of myself, so I can imagine how everyone else feels. And for the two [movies] to come out at the same time, it makes me feel sick," Gosling, 30, says. Let us stop you there for a moment Ryan, no one is sick of you!

Perhaps another reason for the Canadian native's apprehension for being an actor comes from the pressure to do well at the box office. He explains, "When I make these movies, I don't think, 'I want to make a little indie movie and I want to stay in the indie world because I think it's cool. I make these movies and think, 'This is the one. This one is going to be The Blair Witch Project. I'm sure of it while we're making it. And then it comes out and it does no business."

The Oscar nominee acknowledges the problem with pigeonholing himself (though from his array of genre-spanning films like The Notebook and Lars and the Real Girl, that's hard to imagine), as he tells the L.A. Times, "I don't want to play the same note. I feel like after Blue Valentine I don't know what else to do in terms of an independent romantic drama."

Gosling also admits he doesn't have a knack for talking to the press, as he explains, "I don't really like doing interviews because I don't have any answers about why I act. It's like a compulsion. It's people who eat and eat and eat and they don't know why and they keep getting fatter but they can't stop. It's like that...." (This acting comparison is especially ironic, considering he was fired from The Lovely Bones for, in fact, eating too much.)

Nevertheless, Gosling continues to throw himself into his work, as fans will witness firsthand in Blue Valentine (co-starring rumored real-life love interest Michelle Williams). There is one scene in the movie where Gosling was so caught up during filming, he -- on the spur of the moment -- dangerously walked on a fence along the Manhattan Bridge, 200 feet over the East River. (A producer tried to stop him, but Gosling finished taping the scene nonetheless.)

"You find yourself on a set throwing yourself off a bridge, and you're asking yourself, 'Why am I doing this?'", Gosling recalls, adding, "And I don't know."

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