We definitely haven't phoned the Ryan Gosling helpline... twice.
Do you remember what you were doing when you heard the news? I do. I was sipping on my second peppermint tea of the day and thinking about what I was going to eat for lunch (sushi or salad? Sushi or salad?) when the unthinkable popped up on my Twitter feed. ‘Ryan Gosling Announces Break From Acting’, screamed the cruel tweet.
Having starred in a string of films recently, from Crazy, Stupid, Love and The Ides of March to Gangster Squad and Drive, we’ve been used to getting a regular Gosling fix every few months or so. And, of course, with each glorious film comes a string of interviews and dapper red carpet appearances. It’s just enough to keep our appetite satiated.
But, with his announcement that he would be concentrating on directing for the forseeable – he’s making his directorial debut with How To Catch a Monster – Ryan has left a hole in our lives. Not a gaping black void, no, we do have other interests and hobbies, after all, but we definitely feel a little uneasy at the prospect of having less access to Gosling.
Just in the nick of time, website Blinkbox has cashed in, we mean offered its services, to help fans deal with the sad news. Gosling lovers in distress can phone a special emergency line, called the Gosline, and listen to audio recordings of some of his most famous lines.
When I phoned, yes, that’s right, I’m not ashamed, I was greeted by the following, goosebump-inducing, line from The Notebook: ‘So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be really hard. We’re gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, for ever, you and me, every day.’
About the decision to help Ryan Gosling’s fans, a kindly spokesperson for Blinkbox said: ‘We couldn’t bear the thought of the distress caused by Ryan’s announcement. We hope that this goes some way to relieving the pain and hurt caused by his selfish decision to take a break.’
Sadly, it doesn’t even come close.