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Ryan Gosling again takes the plunge in 'Blue Valentine'

The actor, known for diving headlong into his roles, puts his emotional stamp on 'Blue Valentine' and contemplates what's next. 'I don't want to play the same note,' Gosling says.

December 26, 2010|By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times

Next up for Gosling is another marital-crisis film, but this time it's a comedy: the Steve Carell movie "Crazy, Stupid, Love," slated for release this summer by Warner Bros. (Gosling said he was so enamored by Carell's flair for comedy when the two were shooting a pilot years ago that he'd lurk around the set on his days off just to watch him.) "I don't want to play the same note," Gosling said of his decision to make a studio comedy for the first time. "I feel like after 'Blue Valentine' I don't know what else to do in terms of an independent romantic drama."

But though it sounds like Gosling may be contemplating a more permanent switch to bigger productions, the shift will probably only go so far. He is, after all, still Ryan Gosling.

"I just have this total fantasy that you can make a movie like 'Blue Valentine' and that it can be as big as 'Avatar,'" he said. "That's my dream. I don't have kids or something else more important in my life right now so I keep hammering away at it. I haven't done it yet. But I think I'm getting closer."

steve.zeitchik@latimes.com

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