Ryan Gosling Discloses Burt Reynolds' Crush on His Mom: 'I Misread His Attention'

Ryan Gosling reminisces about his early acting challenges

by Zain ul Abedin
Ryan Gosling Discloses Burt Reynolds' Crush on His Mom: 'I Misread His Attention'
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Ryan Gosling recently shared a humorous yet poignant memory from his early acting days during an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. The 43-year-old actor reflected on his time working with the late Burt Reynolds on the 1996 movie Frankenstein and Me.

The conversation took an amusing turn when Gosling revealed that Reynolds might have been more enchanted by his mother, Donna, than him during their collaboration. During his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, May 1, Gosling and Kimmel discussed his first movie role.

Gosling, chuckling, was surprised that Kimmel wasn't familiar with the film, a significant early stepping stone in his career. This discussion seamlessly connected to Gosling's current project, The Fall Guy, in which he plays a stuntman - an echo of Reynolds' storied beginnings in Hollywood.

In Frankenstein and Me, Gosling portrayed Kenny, a young boy in awe of Reynolds' character, Les Williams. However, off-screen, the dynamics were quite different. Reflecting on his interactions with Reynolds, Gosling initially thought the veteran actor saw something special in him.

"It's complicated," Gosling remarked about their relationship, hinting at a youthful misunderstanding. "I thought he took a shine to me... And then I realized that I have a really beautiful mom."

Secondary Shine Revelation

The realization came with a mix of humor and a touch of adolescence disappointment, as Gosling noted the attention was more about his mother than him.

"He was just interested. It was like I was getting like a secondary shine. The real shine was for my mom. And I was like, 'Oh, this is secondary shine,'" he explained. The conversation lightened when Kimmel quipped that Gosling could have been "Ryan Reynolds" in another life, referring to Gosling's fellow Canadian actor.

Gosling played along, laughing at the comparison and the coincidences of name and nationality. Adding to the candid revelations, Gosling shared an odd piece of advice Reynolds gave him during their time together. "He was like, 'Let me tell you something, kid.

Don't spend your whole life stepping over diamonds to live with cubic zirconia,'" Gosling recalled, adding humorously, "I was like, 'I'm 13. I don't know what any of those things are. Stop looking at my mom. I'm right here.' " Beyond his nostalgic recollections, Gosling is busy promoting The Fall Guy, which co-stars Emily Blunt as his former flame, director Jody Moreno.

The film, set to release on May 3, follows their character's reunion to shoot a blockbuster sci-fi Western, only to face unexpected challenges when the movie's leading star goes missing.

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