Ryan Gosling: 'fat and unemployed'
December 3rd, 2010
04:44 PM ET

Ryan Gosling: 'fat and unemployed'

Apparently grieving fathers don't gain weight - actor Ryan Gosling says he was fired from the 2009 movie "The Lovely Bones" for getting too fat.

In a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, the 30-year-old star reveals that he prepped to play the role of Jack Salmon – whose teenage daughter Susie is brutally murdered – by packing on 60 pounds.

"I was melting Haagen Dazs and drinking it when I was thirsty," he says. The problem was, Gosling never told film director Peter Jackson of his plan.

"We didn't talk very much during the pre-production process," Gosling says of Jackson. "It was a huge movie, and there's so many things to deal with, and he couldn't deal with the actors individually."

And when Gosling showed up on set, Jackson was shocked by his weight gain.

"We had a different idea of how the character should look. I really believed he should be 210 pounds," says Gosling, who was ultimately fired and replaced by the more muscular Mark Wahlberg.

Says Gosling, "Then I was fat and unemployed."

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  1. Newyorker

    Jackson used to be fattest, now he is fattist. What irony....

    January 7, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  2. Newyorker

    Peter Jackson didn't used to be so thin looking himself. You would think he could empathize with Gosling. Or maybe Jackson thought Gosling was mocking him by reminding him of his own fat past.

    January 7, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lori

    He can fat all he wants. He is still HOT!

    January 7, 2011 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. linda

    everyone shut up, I love him. He could weigh 300 lbs and have more charisma than most actors dream of

    January 7, 2011 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. rachel

    LOL! I cannot picture Ryan Gosling as fat.

    January 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    I'm 42 6'3 225lbs with a 34" waist, have big bones and decent sized muscles (47chest,19bicep,25thigh,18calves) and don't look like a body builder. Definitely not fat, so total weight means nothing, check your pants size...

    January 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lisa

    Alana, the name of the new RG movie if "Blue Valentine" not "Blue Velvet." COMPLETELY different plot there... Either way, Ryan is dreamy. For those who think 150 and 6'1" is too thin, it really isn't. My ex is 6'3" and 155, solid muscle and has a 34" waist. Not that skinny. 6'1" at 210 isn't really heavy, either – kind of a little extra if you're not muscluar, but neither of those weights are extream.

    January 5, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alana

    He's in the upcoming "Blue Velvet" with Michele Williams. The trailers look fantastic! I can't wait to see it!

    January 3, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Derek

    Mark Wahlberg is so wrinkled he looks ten years older whether in shape or not. Gaining weighyt and ruining your health for a movie role is a stupid thing to do anyway.

    I'm really sick of hearing what these stupid actors do to themselves.

    December 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Director

    If it wasn't in the script, Goseling shouldn't have done it without consulting the director. That said, we may never know the real reason he was fired.

    December 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack Howitzer


    December 27, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. oh please

    got fat
    thats a possible breach of contract
    they are contracted to look a specific way
    alter it you risk breach

    December 24, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dee

    Wahlberg looked nothing like the star murdered daughter. Gosling is practically her spitting image. I h8 when they cast families characters that look nothing like each other. And, dads who have 8-12 year old kids are usually on the fat side. Don't u know that Jackson? You were fat!

    December 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      "dads who have 8-12 year old kids are usually on the fat side".
      speak for yourself fatty.

      December 24, 2010 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. Nik

    He looks WAY better with fat on him

    December 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tp1776

    This isn't Jackson's fault. If he or the casting director hired Gosling, would Jackson ever expected the actor to show up 60lbs overweight? Does any director have to tell an actor/actress that's just been hired for a movie "by the way, don't put on extra weight"? Maybe it was totally Gosling's "interpretation", but it was a dumb move. Why should any other director hire him and trust that he won't show up with an equally unwanted "interpretation'? p.s. I liked the movie; thought it was very well done and touching.

    December 19, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  16. Colleen

    There is a degree of responsibility that lie with both parties. But, I think that the majority of it lies with the director. Many other roles for movies or sitcoms or whatever, have stipulated that the character has to adhere to certain requirements. Such as, hair color, length of hair,even skincare.(ie:sunburns). Knowing this, Mr. Jackson should have made that abundantly clear in his contract. Even though Mr. Gosling should have known better, the ultimate spelling out of the contract terms lies with Mr. Jackson.

    December 14, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  17. SarahC33

    From someone who worked the set. That is not why Ryan Gosling got fired... don't believe everything you read.

    December 9, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  18. Denise

    This is 100% RG's fault. If he wanted to completely change the way the character looked, he should have at least checked with the director first, it's HIS movie. I'm finding it hard to believe he would go through the trouble of deliberately packing on 60 lbs on a whim.

    December 7, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mel

    Fat and unemployed. Hmm, just described half of America. (I'm on that list.)

    December 6, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  20. Ric

    Hes lucky he didnt do that dull ass movie...
    what he should be more concerned with.....
    Being replaced by Mark "can act his way out of a paper bag" Wahlberg.

    December 5, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Tully

    Sorry, Ryan, for not getting the role. One consolation though: The Lovely Bones was not a good movie by Peter Jackson. I didn't like it one bit.

    December 5, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  22. babyboo

    ok............maybe just me. He was also great in Lars and the real girl...check it out!

    December 5, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  23. babyboo

    Every girl will remember the wonderful handsome guy Ryan was in "The notebook".......WOW! Plus the rain scene! Right ladies?

    December 5, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  24. pgk85

    come on, he's 6'1, same height as me and was 210. I used to be 210, it's not that big for his height. So you're telling me he was 150 before, i doubt it, that's pretty small for someone who is 6'1. Maybe he gained 20-30 pounds, but not 60.

    December 5, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  25. Gosfan

    Existential chick murder mystery set in the 70's? Noah Calhoun IS the marketing character here, not lord of the Rings, not Dirk Diggler. I don't care how big Jackson WAS – Dream Works dropped the ball.

    December 5, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  26. GetReal

    I love Ryan Gosling, fat or skinny. I don't care if he didn't get a part in that stupid movie.

    December 5, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  27. Goofy

    What a goofball !!

    December 4, 2010 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  28. SKY


    December 4, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  29. dustan

    Mmmm ice cream soup drink

    December 3, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Lia

    Wow. No way I'd *intentionally* gain 60 lbs unless it's absolutely necessary.... At least it's nice to know that women aren't the only ones suffering in this age of weight related discrimination....

    December 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  31. L-Train

    Does he have a GLASS EYE or something??? 1 eye is looking dead at you and the other is off pondering some distant thought in the top left of the frame... If he is in fact 1 of those people who's eyeballs go in different directions, he will be losing serious hotness-points!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Kwaaq

    Of course the "Elephant in the Room" is PJ's issues with weight loss. About that time he had been dealing with low self esteem and weight issues which resulted in a stomach stapling, possibly it had an effect on his casting, and it may have been a sensitive issue for himself which was projected onto Ryan? maybe a phsychologist should comment?

    December 3, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  33. JaneK

    Shades of Joaquin Phoenix here. The book never describes Susie's dad as fat due to excessive grieving. It also never describes him as having a foot-high afro, but if Gosling had decided to grow one for his characterization, it would have been just as random.
    This sounds like an easy way to say, "I didn't give a crap about the movie, and I just wanted a way out."

    December 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  34. drinkinmyhand

    My Grandma is dead, dead as a doorknob, she died of old age and she haunts me all the time. HEEEEEELLPPPPP MEEEEE

    December 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  35. ladyofargonne

    No actor goes out and gains an excessive amount of weight with out considering what is required of the role. he didn't need to talk to Jackson at all. He could have talked to his own agent. That's what they're for. He got fat because he had the munchies and this is a lame excuse. As for the movie bombing – even a bad movie can promote an actor's career. He effed up.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Laura

    hes probably fat now cause rachel mcadams isnt in his life nemore

    December 3, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Lenny

    Who? This dude's career died around the time Michael Jackson did.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Richard

    Typical Peter Jackson...he seems to think the entire world can read his mind, or will do things his way... Just aske the good folk and workers of New Zealand.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Read his mind? He hired a slim, good looking guy to play the part - not a fat slob. And if he's the director his cast and crew WILL do as they're told - hence the term "D I R E C T O R."

      December 3, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jasmine

      @ Joe – For a cast or crew member to be able to follow the "Director's" instructions, he has to actually give them, hence the job description of "directing" the film.

      To be fair they were both in the wrong. Jackson should have made it clear that he was not open to the Gosling's interpretation of the character, although he probably should have taken Gosling's opinion into account since he is the one who has to personify a 2D character in some random script.

      I think it is fairly obvious that most, non-controlling directors are open to the interpretation of the actors seeing as they are the ones who embody the characters, and they are the ones who are actually doing the acting. If you look at any character that has been acted by different actors/actresses I don't think you will see the same cookie-cutter character each time, and the reason is because characters are open for interpretation.

      December 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Christina

    Well Gosling got the last laugh because the movie bombed

    December 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      The last laugh? I wonder how much money Wahlberg made that Gosling did not. Mark laughed all the way to the bank, I'm sure.

      December 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Chris

    That's awful! I guess there should have been more communication about the character's specific look, though. Better luck next time, sir.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  41. STLrose

    I got fat for my job, too. It was all for my character. "Bookkeeping Nerd In A Cubicle"
    But seriously...shouldn't the physicality of a role be determined by communication between the Director and the actors? Somebody dropped the ball OR someone wanted a great excuse to skip a job and eat too much. 🙂 Either way, funny story.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • zbtrocker

      Frickin' hilarious! Even better reading that while I'm working OT at the office.

      December 4, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      That is funny-thank you!

      December 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bulloch

      Fat or skinny, the movie still sucked, so Gosling should consider himself lucky not to have that piece of trask on his resume. Time to go back to NZ, Jackson.

      December 6, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  42. Liz

    If you are directing a film, you should care enough about it to meet with the lead actors and ensure that they and you have the same vision. I've never heard of a director not having time to discuss his or her vision with the actors. Hire an assistant. Put it in a memo. Jackson dropped the ball.

    December 3, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Haven't you got that backwards? I think the employee (Gosling) should first check with his employer (Jackson) before changing from the person who was hired into something entirely different. If the director wanted a fat actor he would have hired one or asked the slim one to gain weight - when he hired him.

      December 3, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Houstongal

      I agree...Jackson missed the opportunity get on the same page as this actor. I can see why Ryan would think that character should be overweight, makes sense. If Jackson felt so strongly that he'd fire Ryan, why didn't he communicate that to Ryan in the first place? Cute headline..."Fat and unemployed" I snicker...Ryan, young and male, will be 'fat' for how long, a few weeks?! Bet he'll be thin and trim as soon as you can say, "Slimfast"!

      January 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |

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