Getting to play a character means not only acting, but to understand the character deeply and properly. While in the initial stage, if an actor doesn’t understand the depth and the requirements of the character, he/she might not justify them. Even before that, they might not even get the part. Something similar happened with Ryan Gosling in 2009.
Every actor and artist sees the character differently. Therefore, there might be differences between the two people trying to interpret the same character. Many times, it happens with actors that they don’t understand the character the way they should. And ultimately, they lose the part. In 2009, because of a small misunderstanding, the La La Land actor lost a role in The Lovely Bones.
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A small misunderstanding cost Ryan Gosling big
The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural thriller drama movie based on Alice Sebold’s 2002 novel of the same name. The film stars Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Michael Imperioli. But instead of Mark Wahlberg, we could have seen The Gray Man star if he hadn’t misinterpreted the character. Unfortunately, Gosling thought the character should be overweight so, he gained 60 pounds. However, that was not the requirement of the character. He revealed, “I just showed up on set, and I had gotten it wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed.”
Ryan Gosling revealed that he was cast in 'The Lovely Bones,' but after he gained 60 pounds — because he thought the character should be overweight – he was fired & replaced with Mark Wahlberg.
“I just showed up on set, and I had gotten it wrong. Then I was fat and unemployed.” pic.twitter.com/vgUXCY39oO
— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) December 4, 2022
Mark Wahlberg stars as Jack Salmon, Susie’s father, who becomes obsessed with his daughter’s murder case. If the Barbie actor would have gotten it right, we would have seen him as this obsessive father. Gosling also once revealed that with the weight, he had grown his beard as well. He made the physical changes without discussing them with the director, Peter Jackson. However, some viewers believe Mark Wahlberg was a brilliant choice as the replacement.
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Have you watched this thriller movie? The story follows a girl who is murdered and watches over her family from “the in-between.” She is torn between seeking vengeance on her killer and allowing her family to heal. Do you think you could handle this horror?
If you have watched this film, tell us if you think Ryan Gosling would have been perfect for the role or not. And if you haven’t watched it, stream it right here.