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Once again, Daniel Radcliffe demonstrates that he's one of the smartest actors out there, and best advocates for LGBT rights. In an Attitude magazine cover story which I picked up on the iPad, Radcliffe talks at length about anti-gay bullying and why straight kids should show their support. He also has good taste in men.
"Don't define yourself by your sexuality, don't define as straight or gay, define yourself as people and help another person if they're in trouble. The ultimate reason gay marriage should be legalized everywhere is because, as a kid, you look to your mum and dad and they're married, then you look at the gay couple who've been together for the same amount of time, but because they can't get married their relationship doesn't seem the same. Yes, gay marriage is about symbolically blessing a relationship, but the larger issue is about transmitting a fundamental message about equality. Gay people should have equality in law everywhere. If you grow up as a young gay man knowing you dont' have the same opportuniteies as everyone else, you're going to feel victimised and massive prejudice towards you."
Radcliffe slammed religion's influence on schools and the religious Right's efforts to affect legislation affecting LGBT people:
"I'm not religious, I'm an atheist, and a militant atheist when religion starts impacting on legislation. We need sex education in schools. Schools have to talk to kids from a young age about relationships, gay and straight."
The article notes that Radcliffe has been "disgusted, amazed, stunned" by GOP candidates like Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann, and their open hostility to gay rights. But he has a special dislike of one in particular:
"...they disgusted me less than candidates like Rick Perry, who made that ridiculous advert wearing 'the Brokeback jacket', and I think pretend to be homophobic just to win votes."
Radcliffe also says he wishes Obama could come out for marriage equality but understands the political underpinnings behind his position:
"Yes, I do, but can he really? Of course he's in favour of it, but he has to be careful about saying so. I'd rather have someone like him in the White House than the alternative."
Finally, has Radcliffe ever considered that he might be gay? Yes. Is he?
"No. I can quite happily say someone is handsome, good-looking, and I can see why someone would want to f**k them, but I've never felt that way about a man myself. There is that moment in your late teens when you ask yourself the question, 'Am I?' but I wasn't...Well, this year I have a talent crush on Ryan Gosling. I think he's fantastic and...(ahem) you know he'd be nice afterwards. He seems smart. If I was gay, I would go for a smart man."
It's out today on DVD and Blu-Ray. The movie sparked idiotic lawsuits, generated a ton of fan art, and became one of the most divisive movies of the year. People loved it or hated it which means it'll stick around; passion fuels endurance in pop culture.
One of the best scenes is an unofficial date between the driver (Ryan Gosling, sensational) and his neighbor Irene (Carey Mulligan). Her car has broken down. "Hey, do you wanna see something?" he asks and takes her and her son to an empty closed down highway for a leisurely fun drive. Much of the movie takes place at night but this scene is so brightly lit that Irene has to squint. It's not just the sunlight. Gosling is glowing like a golden god. By the end of the date he's carrying her sleeping son over his shoulder back to her apartment and Irene is absolutely smitten. (She wasn't alone... ovaries were exploding everywhere.) Showing the greatest willpower I've ever seen onscreen -- you're sending him home? -- she hands him his jacket to leave. Yes, that jacket. In the softest voice that could possibly come from such a hard man he whispers:
I'm not doing anything this weekend if you wanna go for a ride."
Who wouldn't take him up on that? Guess how much that jacket's going for on auction?
FIND OUT, AFTER THE JUMP...
Ryan Gosling was apparently the same character he played in Drive except in a golf cart and overalls.
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This weekend it's raining men in the nation's movie theaters, hugely famous men at that. Hugh Jackman headlines the kid-friendly REAL STEEL which I just heard described as "Rock Em Sock Em Robot: The Movie" but which I've been calling Boxes With Robots simply because it's hilarious to pretend its a three hour Oscar bait epic. Hopefully Hugh Jackman feels he's sufficiently filled up his bank accounts and he can get back to rewarding but less lucrative work starring in musicals where we belongs. Elsewhere in theaters political whiz kid Ryan Gosling faces down a very Presidential George Clooney in THE IDES OF MARCH, which is one to watch for the upcoming Oscar race. The Ides of March takes us behind the scenes at a fictional (fictionalized?) Democratic primary. Ryan Gosling leads the cast as a coveted game piece on the political chess board who finds himself deeper and deeper in dirty dirty politics with Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei and George Clooney all vying for his soul... or at least his spin.
Those are the newbies this weekend but elsewhere in movie theaters Brad Pitt is still playing Moneyball (excellent film) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is battling cancer in 50/50 (reviewed) while the trailer for Clint Eastwood's biopic J. Edgar (with Leo & Armie) keeps playing and Michael Fassbender keeps dominating the arthouse and festival conversation with sexually provocative dramas (A Dangerous Method, Shame). So essentially the current movie landscape is a snapshot of Hollywood's male movie star hierarchy with household name male stars (Hugh Jackman, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio) and the next wave (Ryan Gosling, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Armie Hammer, Michael Fassbender) who hope to replace them in the collective imagination of moviegoers.
Of course that's an incomplete picture just like this brand new shot of Armie Hammer as Prince Charming in one of two upcoming Snow White pictures.
A full picture AFTER THE JUMP...