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There may be some who would dispute the popular notion that Gosling is the best young actor in Hollywood. Nobody would say he isn’t the most idiosyncratic. The path of the Reluctant Movie Star has been well worn at least since Brando, but few have walked it as doggedly and resolutely as Gosling. While many self-serious actors profess to follow a strategy of “one for you, one for me”, Gosling’s motto has continued to be “none for you.” To a degree that can’t be written off as mere affectation, Gosling has shown a unique commitment to undermining the career he was expected to have. - Brett Martin, GQ (2010).

The Canadian star claims he finds it weird that he’s considered a sex symbol and believes it’s only because he’s in the movies that people would even consider him attractive. “I’m as uncomfortable with it as I am talking about it,” the Metro reported him saying. “I know from just being a guy and looking at a billboard and you’re like: ‘That guy’s not a sex symbol. They’re trying to sell that on us? No way! That’s never gonna stick.’ And then suddenly he’s like a huge deal and you can’t believe it. I used to hate on those guys and now I am one.”