Ryan Gosling vs. a ginger-bearded Christian Bale: who would you rather?

AFI FEST 2015 Presented By Audi Closing Night Gala Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'The Big Short' - Arrivals

Kaiser pointed me to these pictures of Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale at the AFI film fest premiere of The Big Short, a dramatized account of the subprime mortgage crisis circa 2008 and based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis. (You can read an excerpt on Vanity Fair.) The Big Short also stars Brad Pitt and Steve Carrell and was written and directed by Adam McKay (Talladega Nights, Step Brothers). We covered the trailer back in September and damn it looks good! It’s not out until the end of December, but all the better for Academy voters to remember.

AFI FEST 2015 Presented By Audi Closing Night Gala Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'The Big Short' - Arrivals

Unfortunately Brad Pitt wasn’t there last night, he’s probably busy with By The Sea promotion, but the other dudes of the film showed up. Here’s the lead Christian Bale with crazy eyes and looking very odd with a bushy ginger goatee. I’m assuming that’s for a part, probably The Promise, which is filming now and is “set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire.” Otherwise it’s a really terrible styling choice. Kaiser disagrees with me by the way, she thinks Bale looks hotter with that mess on his face and she told me to cover these photos instead of Daniel Radcliffe getting his star on the Walk of Fame. She was right by the way, I just find Radcliffe hot bald and I wanted to talk about that. She can have Bale.

AFI FEST 2015 Presented By Audi Closing Night Gala Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'The Big Short' - Arrivals

Ryan Gosling looks like Ryan Gosling, but he’s losing the hot a little for me. I don’t know what it is, maybe he’s just tired. I’ll still go with Gosling since this is a “who would you rather” post.

AFI FEST 2015 - 'The Big Short' Premiere & Closing Night Ceremony

Steve Carell looks cute. I wonder if he’s still tight with Gosling. They were really good together in Crazy Stupid Love.

AFI FEST 2015 - 'The Big Short' Premiere & Closing Night Ceremony

Melissa Leo. Just no with that hair and goofy bow.

AFI FEST 2015 Presented By Audi Closing Night Gala Premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'The Big Short' - Arrivals

Marisa Tomei, 50(!). Such a vampire. Ten bucks says this film doesn’t pass the Bechdel test.

AFI FEST 2015 - 'The Big Short' Premiere & Closing Night Ceremony

AFI FEST 2015 - 'The Big Short' Premiere & Closing Night Ceremony

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  1. Lama Bean says:

    Is Steve Carell an option? I choose him!

  2. Don't kill me I'm French says:

    Someone needs to cut his ginger beard

  3. Willa says:

    Bale always. Even with the gross beard.

    • Patricia says:

      Yes. No contest, ever.

    • Tia says:

      Yah really! Let’s see …hipster dude who skips down the streets of NYC playing a flute? or Method Man who’s going down , and laying it out like its the Last Oscar performance of his career? Hmmmm…

    • WinnieCoopersMom says:

      I have a super soft spot for Bale bc of his role as Laurie in Little Women. I saw American Psycho and know all about his temper tantrums, but still cant unsee the gorgeous, sweet Laurie. Sigh.

  4. Mia4s says:

    It’s definitely for the Promise but I’m not a huge fan of the look. That said, Bale wins because Gosling is just….well, just no these days.

  5. ell says:

    marisa tomei. look how hot she is. neither gosling nor bale are even remotely attractive, in fact eww.

    • FingerBinger says:

      I’d choose Marissa Tomei as well. I think Gosling is wearing mascara. Bale looks like he just out of jail.

  6. Leah says:

    Usually i would say Gosling but he looks like he is wearing mascara which is just a no no.

    • Daria Morgendorffer says:

      He absolutely has mascara on…along with foundation and possibly some sort of lip stain. I was surprised to see that. Hopefully this does not become a trend.

    • Sunny says:

      Yes, mascara, lip stain & doesn’t his forehead look kind of waxy/botoxy? Maybe it’s that white high def powder they use. I don’t know exactly what it does. The first thing I noticed were his pink lips & I want to know what brand it is.
      I think Melissa Leo looks cute–I wouldn’t have known that was her.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      Yep. Too femme for this old gal.

    • AntiSocialButterfly says:

      Also a “no” is the shimmering nude beige-y shadow, pink shimmer crayon under eyes and the small dot of highlighter at the inner corners of the eyes. Holy cow.

      • justagirl says:

        LOL you are right about all the eye makeup, that’s an insane amount of product. It’s so obvious in the zoom picture, it must have sparkled in person!

        With the foundation & lip stain, it’s fun to wonder whose idea it was….was it his or someone else’s? Did he have to be convinced? Did he do it himself, a la Jeremy Renner? etc.

  7. Insomniac says:

    Bale looks like he’s channeling Charles Manson in that one photo. No thanks. I vote bald DanRad.

    • byland says:

      If bald DanRad is an option then, yes, absolutely. My favorite interview of his is with Susan Blackwell (love her! She’s the casting director Dez refuses to use an Indian accent with in Masters of None) on Broadway.com back when he was preforming in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying – so adorable and clueless about housework, that one. She made him sort her laundry and scrub her toilet.

  8. Chelsey says:

    Neither. They are both so smarmy looking.

    Steve Carell, please!

  9. Darkladi says:

    Bale + face mess, please!

  10. Darkladi says:

    Bale + face mess, please!

  11. byland says:

    Gosling, as long as he keeps his mouth shut other than to quote lines from The Notebook to me.

  12. Jh says:

    Uh, Gosling has the sex appeal of a baby goose.

  13. Barbara says:

    I am torn. I think Bale could be quite intense in the sack. But Ryan would be sweet to cuddle with.

  14. MC2 says:

    I will take Gosling & Carrel! Bale will likely just throw a temper tantrum & call you names…..I’m not into that sort of thing.

  15. lucy2 says:

    Bale often looks slightly crazy and usually has terrible facial hair, but…I so would.

    “Ten bucks says this film doesn’t pass the Bechdel test.” Let’s put it this way – I saw the trailer for this in the theater a few weeks ago, and the only female characters shown in it were strippers. I had no idea Melissa or Marisa were even in the film. And they are both OSCAR WINNING ACTRESSES.

  16. Erin says:

    CHRISTIAN BALE a million times over. YESSSS. The beard just kicks it up a hot notch for me.

  17. ashley says:

    Yes, Tomei all the Way! Or Carrell. Maybe it’s the makeup but I never noticed – Ryan’s eyes are kinda close together … I’m not even going to talk about Bale’s beard but usually, he wins for me lol!

  18. mia girl says:

    I like Bale and Carrel, but I would totally re-gift Gosling if he was given to me.

    And I heartily throw my support behind a post about a bald Radcliffe because by association, it might also included a bald James McAvoy aka my love. They’ve been great together on this press tour.


  20. Miss M says:

    Bale , no doubt!

  21. blogdiz says:

    Ryan Gosling rarely looks good in stills but in motion on screen he really holds your attention as an actor

  22. lila fowler says:

    Christian Bale looks like an old, saggy, furry shoe. He’s not aging well. His wife has incredibly boring style — I’m pretty sure she wears the same basic black thing every time.

    • coco says:

      Yes she is boring.He could do way better.

      • Katy says:

        Completely disagree. She is beautiful, and she is naturally pretty, not Hollywood overdone. She is 45 and looks much younger than him. She also just had a baby a year or so ago. He obviously doesn’t think she is boring, and they make a lovely couple.

  23. lesbastardsmiserables says:

    Gosling’s too pretty, no matter how tough a front he puts up it’s all a front. I can see him breaking down in tears if craft services forget to cut the crusts off his sandwiches.

    Goin’ with Bale even though he’s prolly an A-hole.

  24. MND says:

    Gosling but only if Christian Bale watched.

  25. siri says:

    No, none of the guys. I’d rather have a tea with Marisa to get to know all her little beauty secrets.

  26. WinnieCoopersMom says:

    The only way Gosling would win out over Bale for me is if he were really the scruffy/beefy version of himself like the late-20s version of Noah in The Notebook. Especially that scene where he is paddling the boat in the pouring rain, god he was so sexy there..the manliest he has ever looked. But typically, like in these pictures, he just looks too twee and pretty-hipster-boy for my tastes. Not many men want to be manly men anymore, but I think Bale is way more so than Gos.

  27. Lilacflowers says:

    I watched Trainwreck the other night and I wish the dog whisperer movie with Marisa Tomei and Daniel Eadcliffe was real.

  28. Really? says:

    I absolutely loved Ryan Gosling in the movie he did with What’s her name? (brain fart because I love that redhead) where they re-created the jump/hold scene from dirty dancing. They spend the night talking and laughing and falling asleep instead of having sex. Please help me with the name of the actress and the movie title…..

  29. Sam says:

    Honestly Bale’s beard isn’t the problem, its not bad. It’s the old-timey, overly bushy gold miner’s mustache that ruins his look. Totally over-done; groom that thing so we can see your upper lip Christian and you’ll be hot again!

  30. Really? says:

    Emma Stone! Her timing and sense of humor makes me want to be her BFF. Ryan Gosling, for one night, is all I want from him!

  31. Anare says:

    Bale and bring the crazy! Makes him look sexy dangerous.

  32. hermia says:

    Can I have a third choice??? Anyway, certainly not the Gosling whom I find really unattractive.
    I’ll take James McAvoy instead, if no one wants him.

  33. cari says:

    Gosling…..That boy sure knows how to look fantastic in a suit.

  34. Dorky says:

    Gosling has always been and always will be fug. No thanks. Bale’s nose to small, but he might be some wild fun for one night and then please let me call you and Uber when we’re done. But Carrell would be fun fun.

  35. Lis says:

    Neither, thanks.