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It wasn't enough for Ryan Gosling to break our hearts in The Notebook and Blue Valentine; now he has to do it in real life, too. While promoting his new film The Place Beyond the Pines, the 32-year-old star announced that he would be taking a break from acting.
"I've been doing it too much," Gosling told The Associated Press. "I've lost perspective on what I'm doing. I think it's good for me to take a break and reassess why I'm doing it and how I'm doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does."
No, Ryan, you imagine wrong! It's like you don't know us at all! Sigh.
Putting our own feelings aside for the moment, Gosling's reasons for stepping back are pretty admirable. He realizes he's entered a new phase of stardom, where he could take pretty much any movie -- for any kind of paycheck -- he desires. And rather than jump in with both feet, he's taking the time to assess what he really wants out of his career. For example: He's not that interested in being a Tom Cruise-style leading man, preferring to be part of an ensemble.
"There's a lot of pressure to be the lead of a film," says Gosling. "I have done it. It's not my favorite way to work."
Gosling's refusal to hog the spotlight is probably one reason we feel like we haven't seen enough of him! And yet, in truth, he's been working nonstop for the past couple years. Following this year's The Place Beyond the Pines and Gangster Squad, we'll get to see him in Only God Forgives (by the director of Drive) and an as-yet-untitled Terrence Malick movie (both of which have already completed filming). After that, Gosling will make his first film as a director, How to Catch a Monster. And then, who knows?
"The more opportunities I'm given, the more I learn about how easy it is to (expletive) it up," Gosling explains. "You fight for freedom and then you get it, and then you have enough rope to hang yourself. It's like trying to exercise some restraint because I do have so much freedom."
Oh, Ryan -- it sounds so sensible when you say it. Just hurry back, okay? We'd like to have our hearts broken (and see this) a few more times.