Toronto After dazzling movie audiences as a drug-addicted high school teacher in Half Nelson, Canada's Ryan Gosling is at the Toronto International Film Festival today with a starkly different role.
In the quirky comedy Lars and the Real Girl, Gosling plays a troubled young man who develops a romantic relationship with a full-sized female doll, much to the chagrin of his family and friends.
The film, which also stars Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson, is already gathering plenty of buzz at the festival.
Gosling, originally from London, Ont., was nominated for a best actor Oscar for Half Nelson.
The actor showed up at today's news conference dressed casually in a denim shirt and brown pants.
He has been romantically linked to fellow Canuck Rachel McAdams. The pair starred in the 2004 weeper The Notebook.
In Lars and the Real Girl, Gosling stars as title character Lars Lindstrom, a misfit who works a non-descript office job and lives in a garage next to his brother Gus (Paul Schneider) and pregnant sister-in-law Karen (Mortimer).
Karen and Lars are shocked when the introverted Lars shows up for dinner one night with his “friend” Bianca — a doll he has ordered over the Internet.
The unlikely premise is handled with a deft touch by director Craig Gillespie and the entire town ends up befriending Bianca as Lars is counselled by an understanding local doctor (played by Clarkson).