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Ryan Gosling vs. Peter Jackson in Battle of Lovely Bones

I was more than a little shocked to hear the news yesterday morning that thanks to "creative differences" Ryan Gosling dropped out of the film adaptation of Lovely Bones and had already been replaced by Mark Wahlberg just hours before the movie was scheduled to start filming. This sudden change got me worried that something was wrong with the script, which would be especially sad considering how near this book is to people's hearts.

Now, rumors have surfaced that it was Peter Jackson who gave Ryan the boot instead of Ryan bailing. Hmm, the plot thickens. It's well known that 26-year-old Ryan has been gaining weight and growing a beard to better embody the father of a 14-year-old girl, but apparently it was a bit too over the top for Jackson's taste. According to the LA Times, Jackson was disappointed with Gosling's physical appearance, especially the weight. Meanwhile, Page Six says Jackson didn't like Ryan from the beginning, citing his demanding tendencies on set.

It sounds like these two talented men just weren't meant to work together. Ryan never struck me as a diva, but he is certainly a bit eccentric and could probably rub people the wrong way. And considering the recent successes in Peter Jackson's life (Lord of the Rings, heard of it?), he's probably got some stubborn faith in his own vision these days. I was excited to see Gosling take on this role, but I'm sure Mark's more realistic age and being an actual father will be excellent. At least we know Jackson can't have any complaints about his physique.


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flutterpie flutterpie 9 years
i never saw ryan gosling as the father anyway, but i sure as hell dont see marky mark either! they are going to destroy one of my favorite books :(
Jinx Jinx 9 years
I am so! :)
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
lol if ur talking about Jared Leto then i see ur point :ROTFL:
Jinx Jinx 9 years
LOL R&R! The only good thing about Alexander was Colin and Jared in the same frame! :rotfl:
SassAndBide SassAndBide 9 years
why are people being so harsh on gosling dont u remember ALEXANDER. angelina was cast as colin farrels MOTHER :ROTFL: and she was only like ONE YEAR or so OLDER THAN HIM :ROTFL: needless to say that movie didn't do so well..
youngest_sister youngest_sister 9 years
I love them both, but Mark is a better choice for the role, he will dip into it with an ease!!
youngest_sister youngest_sister 9 years
I love them both, Mark is a better choice for the role, he will dip into it with an ease!!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 9 years
Even with a beard & extra weight, would he really look old enough to have a 14 year old daughter?
spitfire2 spitfire2 9 years
I know a lot of people are saying they "love" Ryan but does no one remember when he was a nothing actor and dated Sandra Bullock? It was said the reason they broke up was because he had a really bad temper and was physically abusive to Sandra. When the notebook came out, it was never mentioned again.
indielove indielove 9 years
ktacce: so right! he deserves better. asho902: i'm with you. i think he looks so sexy with the extra weight and beard. *drools* LOVE!
asho902 asho902 9 years
He looked hot even with extra weight and the beard. And he wasn't fat AT ALL. He's not even as heavy as he was for Lars and the Real Girl. Again just HAWT.
ktacce ktacce 9 years
NOBODY PUTS RYAN IN A CORNER! right, indie?!?!?!?
lorenashley lorenashley 9 years
gosh i do not like him like that.
Jinx Jinx 9 years
Ryan does look awful, I'm glad to hear it was for a part though.
Rachel-Style Rachel-Style 9 years
I agree with everybody. I love Ryan but I always thought he was way too young to play the father of a teenager. I agree with RW Tara...nice choice...Hugh Jackman! Too bad we can't cast these movies...LOL! Mark Wahlberg is an ok choice but doesn't seem like he fits into the rest of the cast.
t-diddy t-diddy 9 years
i doubt it was ryan's age. peter jackson obviously knew how old ryan was when he signed up for the role.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
well we all know when this movie comes out, everyone will be bringing up whether peter jackson made the right choice to fire ryan and choose marky mark. i hope the movie flops just to spite p. jackson. lol. but no in all seriousness i think marky mark is a better choice age-wise, but acting-wise...hmmm?; though he's good at the "me angry" roles i'm not sure if he can pull of dramatic roles as much as ryan can.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
I think Peter Jackson knows what he's doing, even if it does mean that he replaces Gosling. I agree about the Aragorn replacement thing, Amandahugginkissinsomething! I'm staying on the yay-train!
Jillness Jillness 9 years
"he's being over-ambitious and needs to look into roles more suited for him." I don't agree with this. I don't think that an actor should limit themselves. If the director thinks an actor fits his vision, and it is a well written part, I don't think you are overly ambitious if you take them up on the offer. Realistically he doesn't seem like the dad of a 14 year old, but realistically he doesn't seem like the type to love a doll either (lars and the real girl).
indielove indielove 9 years
I just can't see Mark being married to Rachel Weisz. She's way too classy to marry someone like that. Haha. Ryan isn't over-ambitious. He could have SO pulled it off.
i agree rw... i think i missed the part where he is to play someones dad. i dont know that i can even believe marky mark would have a 14 year old son
ryan is HOOOOTTT though, not that marky mark isnt. just i mean, ya know. i wouldnt mind seeing ryan in a peter jackson flick...
RW-tara RW-tara 9 years
At 26, Ryan is just way too young to play a father of a 14 year old, he's being over-ambitious and needs to look into roles more suited for him. Hugh Jackman would've been a better choice.
indielove indielove 9 years
tiabia: i see what asho902 is saying. Mark Wahlberg plays the same guy in EVERY.SINGLE.MOVIE. he has practically no range acting-wise. i haven't read The Lovely Bones but if the character of the father is angry grieving one, then Jackson picked an actor that can definitely pull it off. I have seen MW cry in Four Brothers and it was as fake as fake can be. It's like he dropped some eyedrops in his eyes and put on a whiny face. Ryan was the better choice, far more interesting. i thought it took great initiative to gain weight for the role, now it was all for nothing, although looked mighty good with some meat on those bones. lol. gonna be a bitch to work off though. i wouldn't mind at all if he kept it.:)
colieoats colieoats 9 years
I really like Ryan Gosling. I'm not as much a fan of Mr. Marky Mark! The Notebook is still one of my favs. Now I'm sad for Ryan....poor guy!
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