I have no idea when the last time I read a full celebrity interview was. I catch interview money quotes here and there — the stuff we pull out of context and make a big deal out of, but for the most part, celebrity interviews are vapid, pointless exercises in futility. They either confirm my suspicions that the celebrity in question is dumb, or they illustrate the celebrity I thought was smart is in fact an idiot. You just kind of glance at the photos while you’re flipping through the magazine to find the crossword (what? They’re easier in celebrity mags).
The point I’m getting at is this: I stumbled across an interview, via Filmdrunk, that Steve Carell conducted of Ryan Gosling this morning, and hell if I didn’t lose 20 minutes reading the entire goddamn thing. Ryan Gosling is an interesting person. How quaint a notion, right? I mean, yeah: He says some pat things that he’s probably regurgitated in 500 different interviews, but he makes jokes! He’s funny!
Also, he wears tight wet T-shirts and tiny leather jackets. Like this:
And then there’s this exchange, between Carell (who is co-starring with Gosling in an upcoming comedy, Crazy Stupid, Love, also with Emma Stone), which kind of sold the entire interview:
GOSLING: I should let you know before we get into this that the pictures which will be accompanying this interview are basically of me in tight, wet T-shirts and tiny leather jackets going around in the rain and pretending that I’m a lot cooler than I am.
CARELL: Are these the pictures that I took?
I like this response, too:
GOSLING: I can’t tell you how many times people go, “Are you Ryan?” And I go, “Yeah.” And they say, “Can I get a picture?” Then they take the picture and realize, in that moment, that I’m not Ryan Reynolds. I can see the disappointment in their faces.
For you, Gosling. I would hide my disappointment.
Anyway, as much as I normally detest the idea of reading a celebrity interview, check this one out. It’s over on Interview Magazine. And here’s some more incentive: