Did weight cost Ryan Gosling his job? Apparently so. Gosling claimed he was fired from a film (The Lovely Bones) for being too heavy. After Peter Jackson fired Gosling from the film, the actor claimed Mark Walhberg took his role!
This accusation is scandalous but unfortunatly, scandal is a frequent occurance in Hollywood. Gaining and losing mass amounts of weight for a film is not uncommon. However, for Ryan Gosling, his massive weight gain didn't sit well with Jackson and the production crew. Apparently, Peter Jackson and Gosling had different interpretations of the title character Gosling was to play. The actor felt the character should be overweight. Here's what Gosling told The Hollywood Reporter:
"We had a different idea of how the character should look...I really believed he should be 210 pounds. We didn't talk very much during the preproduction process...It was a huge movie...and he couldn't deal with the actors individually. I just showed up on set, and I had gotten it wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed."
What a blow to Gosling! It's a safe bet he wouldn't have binged on fatty foods if he was able to get a better understanding of his character! However, in the film's defense, Fran Walsh, Jackson's wife and collaborator, gave a different side of the story:
"Ryan came to us two or three times and said, 'I'm not the right person for this role. I'm too young...And we said, 'No, no, no. We can age you up. We can thin your hair.' We were very keen."
She added, "It wasn't until we were in preproduction and we had the cast there that it became increasingly clear: He was so uncomfortable moving forward, and we began to feel he was not right. It was our blindness, the desire to make it work no matter what."
Well, that certainly complicates the story! Who is telling the truth and who has the truth completely skewed? Hard to tell when both Gosling and Walsh make good points. It's safe to say there are two sides to a coin and two sides to a story. Share your thoughts and join in the conversation. For more stories that may perk your interest, click here.