The director Peter Jackson and the producer Fran Walsh persuaded him that he could be aged with hair and make-up changes. He played the role of New York real-estate heir David Marks, who was investigated for the disappearance of his wife (played by Dunst).
Following a three-year absence from the big screen, Gosling starred in five movies in 20. 2011 saw Gosling expand his horizons by appearing in three diverse, high-profile roles.
He co-starred in his first comedic role in the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, with Steve Carell and Emma Stone.
It's irresistible to liken his economical style to that of Marlon Brando." Joe Morganstern of the Wall Street Journal said that Gosling and Hoffman "are eminently well equipped to play variations on their characters' main themes.
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt it was a treat to watch "the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling ... The low-budget film was mainly improvised and Gosling has said "you had to remind yourself you were making a film".
Each actor is playing a pulp type rather than a fully formed individual, but both fill in the blanks with an alchemical mix of professional and personal charisma." Gosling had been cast as the father of the murdered teenage girl and initially felt he was too young for the role. Gosling's second on-screen appearance of 2010 was in the mystery film All Good Things with Kirsten Dunst, based on a true story.
Timberlake's mother became Gosling's legal guardian after his mother returned to Canada for work reasons.
In 2002, he told the Vancouver Sun that he initially enjoyed working on the show, but began to care too much about the series, so it was no longer fun for him.
Director Henry Bean said he cast Gosling because his Mormon upbringing helped him understand the isolation of Judaism.