Ryan Gosling breaks up a street fight: “that’s the guy from The Notebook”


For a recent Esquire profile, a journalist accompanied Ryan Gosling on an all night trip in New York city and to Coney Island. A lot of young people recognized Gosling as a movie star, but no one he encountered knew he name. He was called Paul Bettany and Ryan Reynolds, and some kids knew him as that guy from The Notebook.

A new video has surfaced on YouTube of two women talking and laughing inappropriately while they film a street brawl in New York. They see a buff guy approach the people fighting to separate them, and then they realize he’s famous and get all excited about it. They don’t know Gosling’s name and just realize he was in The Notebook. It’s amusing just for the way they identify him.

US Weekly has the background on the fight, which involved a guy stealing a painting from a street artist, who confronted him. Gosling played peacemaker and eventually paid the artist $20 for the painting.

Ryan Gosling to the rescue!

The 30-year-old actor saved the day Saturday. As captured in a video taken by Valeria Alvea, The Notebook star broke up a fight near New York City’s Astor Place.

“There is a man who sells paintings [that] he makes on that corner,” a witness Us Weekly. “This older man ran by him and tried to grab and run away with one of his paintings. The painter was able to stop him before he took off with him and tackled him to the ground.”

The two men got up and started arguing. “Before it got too violent a stranger appeared to separate them,” adds the source. “[The stranger] was Ryan Gosling! He was trying to understand the situation while keeping them from hurting each other.”

Gosling took the two men “to the corner of the street, like a chaperone,” says the witness. He had them explain the story, but things began to escalate again quickly. “Ryan put a stop to it, then he asked, ‘How much is the painting?’”

The painter told Gosling it was $10. “Ryan gave him a $20 and said, ‘Does this cover what the man owes you?’ The painter thanked him and said yes,” says the witness. “Ryan said good, and continued on his way.”

[From US Weekly]

Gosling wasn’t the only person watching the fight, but you can see in the video that he’s the person who is most involved in trying to break it up. I will admit that I first though that he was the guy in the jaunty jacket and scarf carrying a dapper umbrella. We’re so used to seeing him dressed up in a tailored suit. He’s really the guy in the striped tank top with one of his pants legs rolled up like he was just riding a bicycle. His arms are insane. I love that he got involved like this and that someone caught it on tape, as annoying as their commentary is. Now I get what he was saying in Esquire about how it’s weird when he gets recognized everywhere. He was gracious about it though.

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Ryan is shown on 7/13/11 outside the Late Show. Credit: Fame. He is also shown in a still from Esquire

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  1. Quest says:

    Those arms looks fricking amazing in that tank top…didn’t care much for the brawl but saw his arms as clear as day….OMG! Love that Ryan got involved drop all his stuff on the ground just to make peace.

  2. gee says:

    He is so freaking hot. Like soooooooooooo hot. I have no words how hot.

  3. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    OMG Ryan, I love you so much. I even love that stupid outfit your wearing. OMG the man is like amazing, he broke up a New York street fight, it must be that Canadian in him because I hear all the time New Yorkers witness crimes and do nothing…they are that harden by the city they live in (hence the two girls filming a fight and not, IDK getting help). Ryan just walks right up and helps out…so freaking hawt. I am totally nerd for him. OMG.

  4. Sarah says:

    This guy is really starting to grow on me. I didn’t really see his appeal too much before but then again, I’ve never watched the Notebook sooo…..

  5. carrie says:

    after Santa Angie,now Santa Ryan! the guy who whispers to peace’s ears!!!

  6. brin says:

    Paul Bettany? Well done, Ryan!

  7. the original bellaluna says:

    Sweet. And The Notebook is one of my beloved “chick flicks,” right up there with Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood.

  8. Jas says:

    The more people try to push Ryan Gosling on me, the more I dislike him. I feel like he tries WAY too hard at acting like he’s not trying at all.

    Not to mention his stupid outfit – tank top and sweat capris???

  9. w23 says:

    Stay pressed Jas8, Ryan is a super talented guy. Too bad his confidence makes you feel insecure. He can wear what he wants…I’m sure you’re no fashion plate either, b*tch.

  10. Leigh says:

    Ha.
    He make the “tank top and sweat capris” look hot!.
    There are no words.
    I just love this man more and more each and every time I see him.

  11. Nessa says:

    Hottest. Man. Ever.

  12. Ethel says:

    Dam, why is “The Notebook” the only movie people remember him in? He has a great body of work. So when he dies, is it going to be engraved on on his headstone “He’s the guy in the Notebook”? He’s soooo much more than that.

  13. Nanea says:

    It’s great to see not everyone is acting like the entitled movie star *cough* CruiseSmith *cough* or any D-Lister who calls the paps on themselves.

    Another actor who happened to be in NYC recently without entourage, Keanu, was filmed in the subway where he offered a woman his seat, the video is on YouTube as well. Is it a Canadian thing?

    I like the header pic best, the one of the two Ryans.

  14. theotheryael says:

    @Ethel — agreed! he’s fantastic in blue valentine, lars and the real girl… he’s even great in murder by numbers. too bad he’ll only be remembered as some hot guy from some overly-sappy flick.

  15. WillyNilly says:

    Ahem, do we need to name call each other just because we can’t agree on his hawtness?

  16. Eve says:

    I totally agree with Jas (# 8). The more they keep trying to tell me he’s awesome and hot and oh, my god!, the more I dislike him.

  17. Mashmash says:

    That street corner [in front of cooper union, next to st marks place] gets fights like this soooo often. Just saying.

  18. normades says:

    So love him. Thank god he’s not dating Blake or Olivia Wilde any more.

  19. HotLatino says:

    He’s hot, if you don’t see it, you’re blind!

  20. Kara Ann says:

    I have never really “got” the Gosling is so hot thing! Now, rethinking…

    He Got Involved, He Did Something, He’s Not Too Special Or Precious To Step Up…

    He’s hit my “character” button so it’s all over, I get it..I like it…NEW FAN!

  21. Turtle Dove says:

    Ryan, Ryan… those arms could inspire epic poems… *swoons, fans self*

    This video is another example of how people can’t hold a damn camera straight. Uhh…. so annoying.

  22. original kate says:

    hot, hot and a side of hot.

  23. Eve says:

    He’s hot, if you don’t see it, you’re blind!

    Yes, of course. We (those who find him unattractive) are all blind — yet somehow I managed to read your brilliant comment. You should have added “lesbians” to your overused “logic”.

    “He’s hot, if you don’t see it, you’re all blind lesbians!”

    There, I fixed it for you.

    *BARFS*

  24. Janice says:

    I like LIKE LLIIKKEE him a lot. A lot. He’s sexy.

  25. hmmm says:

    I’ve never been a Ryan Gosling fan but this makes me like him. What a great guy!

  26. kieslwoski says:

    I love this guy so much!!! He is not only an amzing actor, to all those who have only seen “The Notebook” please see some of his other movies especially “Half Nelson”, “Lars and the Real Girls” and “Fracture” you will not be disappointed, he is an amzing human being as well.

  27. Chloeee says:

    He put it really well saying its like a dream when everyone else responds to you and you feel like you should know them in response in the Esquire article. I never ever thought he was all that attractive, and then he started growing on me and I am now in love. He’s kind of amazing. Between taking his dog everywhere and just beig seemingly unaffected by everything, he’s hopelessly charming.

  28. Sparkly says:

    I’m not even all that hot for him, but thanks to this site, I’d be going, “Oh my gosh, it’s the Gossdong!” before I realized what I said. I’m kind of surprised he doesn’t get that more.

  29. dleann says:

    first I thought it was sweet, but it feels more and more staged

  30. Miss Wanderlust says:

    I found the girl who’s filming the thing anoying and instead of holding the camera poorly she could have helped ? It’s a shame most people(girls)only know him from the Notebook because he was great in “Half Nelson” & “The Believer”

    I saw “Lars and the real girl” yesterday and i loved it, he wasn’t that attractive in the movie with the moustache & the awfull clothes but his performance was genuine & fragile ;)

  31. Lee says:

    Oh I wanted to watch this! I love his acting (Lars and the Real Girl, Fracture, Half Nelson…), but this real life video is not accessible anymore – it says “private”. I wonder if Ryan stepped in and stopped the showing of it?

  32. Original Bee says:

    I love him. He seems like such a good and humble man. Unlike some other stars his age. Justin “trousersnake/snail” Timberlake I’m lookin’ at you.

  33. Ruffian9 says:

    Yup. As a Canadian girl, we’ll happily claim him as one of our own. After all, we have to claim the Biebs and Pam Anderson, so we’re due.

  34. bugsy says:

    Can’t help it. Love him. Not because he’s extremely attractive to me, but because he seems like a really good guy. And he really is a phenomenal actor. Like someone said above, in “Lars and the Real Girl”, he’s meant to look unattractive and homely, dressed in moon-boots and paul bunion plaid, yet it…always does it for me. Ha!

  35. Nikki says:

    Love him sooo much!