Why Ryan Gosling Should Not Star In ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Movie
6:11 pm, June 12th | by Laura Donovan
If a guy could be America’s Sweetheart, the title would go to Ryan Gosling, full-time actor, part-time superhero. The well-known celebrity, who has entertained me for nearly two decades, also happens to be dreamy, which is apparently enough in “American Psycho” writer Bret Easton Ellis’s eyes for the Canadian performer to take on the role of gorgeous-but-dangerous Christian Grey in a film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Ellis’s recent tweets about ideal casting possibilities exploded on the Internet this week, and while it’s unsurprising to see yet another person suggest Gosling for the part of Grey (in part because they’re both hot), it’s unsettling and not something I’d like to come through.
Since wooing viewers everywhere as Noah Calhoun in “The Notebook” almost ten years ago (yes, it really was that long ago, we’re old), Gosling has been kept on a pedestal by his fans. At first, it seemed like he played a character he couldn’t possibly live up to in real life: A down-to-earth guy who has a big enough heart to love to whole world and even more love to give to his one and only, Allie. I have zero firsthand experience with Gosling the person, but know from the news cycle that he has a flair for heroism and likes doing the right thing. More importantly, he tends to be that way in the movies, which is why I don’t see him as the disturbed Grey.
For the uninitiated, Grey is an insanely rich Seattle CEO who craves kinky sex and wants recent college graduate, Steele to be his sex slave. He prepares a contract for her to become his submissive, and even before they revisit the signing of the papers, he hits her in a completely non-sexual context. Grey is a deeply troubled man whose interest in BDSM is partially the result of a terrible childhood and being seduced by a grown woman during his rebellious, destructive teen phase. He says so himself, and as E.L. James herself puts it in the novel, he is “fifty shades of fucked up.” This is a guy with a lot going on. It’s a struggle for him not to want to hurt women, and given Gosling’s reputation for being a nice guy, both on and off screen, I don’t think he’d be the ideal fit to portray Grey.
Sure he is unspeakably attractive like Grey, has done the womanizer character before, and is adored by many, but the necessary desire to inflict pain on females just doesn’t seem there, even though he hasn’t always been a sweetie pie onscreen.