Ryan Gosling Amused By His Sex Symbol Status

Ryan Gosling Amused By His Sex Symbol Status

“Gangster Squad” actor Ryan Gosling doesn’t really get why people refer to him as a sex symbol. Who knew he was so modest? He attributes the sexy status to the illusion that is created when playing the leading male roles in movies.

With regard to being considered a sex symbol, he revealed, “I’m as uncomfortable with it as I am talking about it. I know from just being a guy and looking at a billboard and you’re like, ‘That guy’s not a sex symbol. They’re trying to sell that on us? No way! That’s never gonna stick.’ And then suddenly he’s like a huge deal and you can’t believe it. I used to hate on those guys and now I am one.”

He went on to say, “I mean, film romanticizes people. And people associate you with the roles you chose. They cut out all the bad bits, you come to set and they put makeup on you and nice clothes, and they put music underneath what you’re saying and it’s not fair. It’s not fair to everyone else.”

In his “OK!” magazine interview, he said, “I don’t think of myself as particularly good looking and not at all a typical leading man actor. I have a greater affinity for characters who aren’t mainstream leading man kinds of roles, although I enjoy playing basically any character as long as the film has something interesting to say about life.”

He continued, “I hate feeling that I’m just doing a job for a pay check. The whole notion of being a movie star is part of the myth-making process that goes on in the film business. You create this great illusion on screen and then the illusion is taken to a different level when actors become mythologized.”

He added, “I’ve been fortunate to appear in a few romantic films, which impart a kind of leading man aura onto you. I don’t think that’s my destiny as an actor and I’m not pursing those kinds of roles.”

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