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Wahlberg Replaces Gosling in The Lovely Bones

This is pretty shocking: Ryan Gosling has suddenly dropped out of Peter Jackson's film adaptation of The Lovely Bones, in which he was supposed to play Susie's father. Mark Wahlberg stepped in to fill the role on Sunday after reading the script, and the film is still scheduled to start shooting today in Pennsylvania.

I was pretty excited when I heard Gosling had been cast in the film, and he certainly seemed committed to the role, recently gaining weight and growing a beard. Variety said only that "creative differences" caused Gosling to leave on Friday.

I'm a fan of Wahlberg — I thought his performance in The Departed last year totally made the movie, and I've been excited for his upcoming starring roles in The Happening and The Fighter. But I certainly wasn't expecting this. Can you see Wahlberg in this role? And does Gosling's exit make you worried about The Lovely Bones?


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asho902 asho902 9 years
This movie is gonna suck cause Ryan Gosling is a gifted and tremendously talented actor while Mark Wahlberg is always playing the same angry, tough guy character. He can't act and his performances are constantly cringe worthy and one note. What a waste. Peter Jackson is a freakin' idiot.
blondebombshell blondebombshell 9 years
You're right, it didn't say to fat, JustJared reported that, here:
ElleJay ElleJay 9 years
i thought gosling was too young to play susies father, so i def. don't see this as a bad thing.
i-am-elle i-am-elle 9 years
I'm a little worried now, but I think I'd still see it. I loved the book. It would've been nice to see Gosling in it, but Wahlberg is a great actor too!
indielove indielove 9 years
It doesn't say anything about being "too fat". If that's the reason then Peter Jackson should take a long look in the mirror, no? Too bad for them because at least Ryan can play an entire range of roles whereas Mark only play the macho tough guy in every single role. As well as he plays that role, I just can't stand looking at his face, he looks like a dog. WOOF.
blondebombshell blondebombshell 9 years
He got fired for being a diva, and to fat, according to Page Six
reese05 reese05 9 years
I don't see Mark as Susie's father, I like Ryan better! I somehow do not picture Mark in anything but action movies.
indielove indielove 9 years
Ok, so I'm a HUGE RG fan and I'll admit that Mark Wahlberg is a good choice to play this role considering his past work(The Departed, Four Brothers). HOWEVER, no matter how perfect he is for this role, there is no doubt in my mind that Ryan's portrayal would have been more intriguing. No one can say, even though he wasn't the ideal choice for most, that he couldn't pull it off. Deep inside him is a whole range of emotions that he can easily being to the screen to play any role placed before him. He's that committed to what he does, hardworking, and his talent is immense.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i think marky mark (hee hee) is going to be great in it! i like ryan gosling but i don't think he is irreplaceable in this role.
NZL NZL 9 years
Hey Sofi, The part of Susies sister is going to a girl from New Zealand called Rose McIver. There is a link to show you who she is Kinda gutting about Ryan Gosling not doing it anymore but i kind kinda see Mark Walberg in the part.
demeter demeter 9 years
YAY Mark!
niqua230 niqua230 9 years
I am not sure that Mark fits well. I LOVE Mark he plays angry,tough,and gritty well but can he play sensitive father with his life slowly falling apart well? I believe he can just hope it's not to much for him and that he does his best. Love Mark and Ryan! Hope both their careers go as planned as they get even better as time goes on!
nomerz nomerz 9 years
I can't see Mark as the grieving type, just as the vengeful, rage-filled type. We'll see, I suppose. Mark is a great actor, after all.
shafiii shafiii 9 years
Im glad that Ryan wont be in the movie. As much as I love him, he isn't right for the role. Mark seems like a better choice, I'm still not sure if he'll do good. but I'm iffy on all the casting for this movie, except for Susie. I cant wait till this is finally out.
hanako66 hanako66 9 years
I'm actually surprised that Ryan was cast to play the father...he seems so young for the role. I can picture Mark in the part.
pinkflats pinkflats 9 years
i think marky mark (and yea i still insist calling him that) can pull off the role. i'n not a huge fan of him but i have enjoyed movies he has been in just because he really is good at acting. i think he is capable of softening his style a bit, in other words no mr. tough guy. and RYAN GOSLING has a reputation? hmm....this intrigues me.
dbanner dbanner 9 years
Think this could be the role that'll break Mark Wahlberg into the bigger league - it'll probably stretch him as a character actor and after The Departed that can only be good. Although sorry to see Ryan Gosling go, I think it's great that the role came up for Wahlberg!
tati33 tati33 9 years
:ROTFL: rocknrepublic I think Mark will do a good job.. Not sure what to think about Gosling...
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I really couldn't see Gosling as the father of a 14-year-old. He looks too young. Wahlberg I can believe.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 9 years
Not sure about this at all, sorry Mark is not the actor Ryan is. I was a little worried about Ryan playing a daddy, but had gotten used to the idea.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 9 years
Wow- I feel bad for that production! I bet those poor people are scrambling right now...this sort of thing is always really tough on everyone involved, especially the crew :( Either way, I was looking forward to seeing Gosling in this role, but I completely agree with you Buzz about Wahlberg and The Departed. His role made that movie, and I was glad to see him nominated for it. I'm going to see this movie either way, so I look forward to seeing what Wahlberg brings to the table.
motherof3 motherof3 9 years
I was sad to hear they were making this book into a movie because I can't watch movies that I've read the book to. No matter how good the movie is, it doesn't do the book justice. But with Mark Wahlberg in it, I might just watch it.;)
Molly Molly 9 years
This worries me a bit about the movie. I would think that Gosling wouldn't quit the day before filming if there wasn't something seriously wrong... Hopefully this doesn't mean the script is terrible.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I actually think Mark will do a better job! Congrats to him. I do love him & Gosling though.
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