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Fly me to the moon with Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong

Being a loyal Ryan Gosling fan, I’m always excited when I hear the Canadian actor has a new project in the works. I’m pleased The Big Short is getting great reviews and the idea of Ryan as a piano player who falls in love with an actress played by Emma Stone in La La Land, thrills me. Today I was over the moon to see Ryan Gosling is in discussions to star as the astronaut Neil Armstrong in a biopic based on James Hansen’s autobiography. 

Damien Chazelle, the young writer/director who gave us Whiplash would direct. Chazelle is currently directing La La Land so there’s a natural progression here. Like Nicholas Winding Refn who teamed with Gosling in Drive, then again with Only God Forgives, and Derek Cianfrance who worked with him in Blue Valentine, and once more in Place Beyond the Pines, some directors can’t help but fall in love with Gosling’s collaborative energy and his willingness to dive deep into a project. He’s funny, charming, a tall, lean acting machine whose great sense of humor and good nature are endearing. Of course they want to do it again. That’s not just me talking, that’s how my husband (not a director, an AD) viewed Ryan when he got to know him on the set of Drive. Not that he’d use my specific gushing words, mind you.

Ryan Gosling and Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn

Not everyone agrees. Below the Deadline piece on the biopic, couple of snide comments questioned Gosling’s casting.
sacha • on Nov 24, 2015 2:58 pm   Gosling!?, with that whiney Mickey Mouse voice of his…

Anonymous • on Nov 24, 2015 6:59 pm  This is an abomination. Will he deliver “That’s one small step..” with that fake DeNiro accent? How will he use his main acting asset, his abs, in a space suit?

How about you? Are you a Gosling hater too? Go ahead, risk my ire and tell me so in the comments section.