Ryan Gosling Left a Project After Creative Differences Despite His Insane Dedication That Could Rival Christian Bale

Probably the only time Ryan Gosling's massive dedication to his role didn't pay off.

Ryan Gosling Left a Project After Creative Differences Despite His Insane Dedication That Could Rival Christian Bale

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  • Ryan Gosling took it upon himself to gain 60 pounds to better portray his role as the grieving father in The Lovely Bones.
  • However, filmmaker Peter Jackson wasn't thrilled with it and asked him to lose weight once again.
  • The actor eventually ended up leaving the project following creative differences with Jackson and later claimed he was miscast.
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Ryan Gosling is known for a ton of notable features, including his looks, and acting skills. Yet, none of them come close to his most commendable trait: his immense commitment to whatever role he takes up. In fact, his dedication and will to go as far as it takes easily rivals even Christian Bale.

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Ryan Gosling in Drive
Ryan Gosling in Drive

However, not everyone shares the same perspective nor does everyone realize Gosling’s insane dedication. And one time, just because of these ‘creative differences’, the Drive actor even had to give up a role he worked hard to gain massive weight for.

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Ryan Gosling Gained Massive Weight For A Role Only To Give It Up

A still from The Lovely Bones (2009)
A still from The Lovely Bones (2009)

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Ryan Gosling is ever-famous for doing whatever his role requires of him, going the extra mile for it irrespective of the size of the role. And that’s exactly what he did when he got cast into Peter Jackson‘s adaptations of Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel, The Lovely Bones.

The movie follows the story of a murdered teenage girl whose spirit watches closely over her family as well as her killer from the afterlife. The La La Land star was cast as the father of the victim, Jack Salmon.

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Since he had to play the part of a broken father grieving the demise of his child, Gosling thought of it to be better to put on weight to resemble his character more closely. For this, he took it upon himself to mainly eat endless tubs of ice cream among other things, which reportedly earned him 60 pounds of weight, making him go from 150 pounds to 210.

However, this reasonable thinking of The Notebook star didn’t sit well with filmmaker Jackson, who asked him to lose weight and go back to being the same weight he was initially. The actor disagreed and stood firm with his decision.

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All these events reportedly led to Ryan Gosling leaving the movie due to creative differences. Despite having immense dedication that could set up a competition with even actors like Christian Bale, Gosling had no choice but to leave The Lovely Bones.

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Ryan Gosling Believed He Was Miscast In The Lovely Bones

Mark Wahlberg as Jack Salmon in The Lovely Bones
Mark Wahlberg as Jack Salmon in The Lovely Bones

Though this epiphany came a bit late, it did come to Ryan Gosling that he was actually miscast for the role. He was offered the role of the father of two teenage girls in The Lovely Bones when he was, in real life, only in his late 20s. Hence, Gosling believes viewers would have found it challenging to accept him in the role.

Had it come a bit earlier, the Barbie star would have been saved from all the trouble of gaining the extra 60 pounds that he worked so hard (by eating ice cream) for.  Furthermore, he was probably only cast because the producers felt the need to bring in and get a big star attached to such a dark-themed film to prevent it from failing at the box office, considering how Mark Wahlberg was the one who replaced him.

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Nonetheless, Ryan Gosling more or less dodged a bullet with The Lovely Bones as even casting Wahlberg in his place did no good to the studio. Not only did the movie fail to serve to the level expected but was also brutally scrutinized by critics.

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Written by Mahin Sultan

Mahin Sultan is a News Content Writer at FandomWire. With almost one year's worth of experience in her field, she has explored and attained a deep understanding of numerous topics in various niches, mostly entertainment.

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