Ryan Gosling: George Clooney always has 'practical jokes in the works'
Ryan Gosling says George Clooney, his co-star, director and writer of their new film "The Ides of March," always has "practical jokes in the works."
The two appeared to have fun goofing off at the film's Los Angeles premiere, as they began defacing their own pictures on the movie posters, drawing on mustaches and under-eye baggage. (See photos from the premiere).
"He's a hard guy to describe - he's doing everything all the time," Gosling said about Clooney, in an interview provided by Columbia Pictures. "Even with this movie, he's the director, the writer, the star. He's got satellites over Darfur that he's navigating from his phone. He's got practical jokes in the works all the time. He's everything all the time. That's what you don't know."
Clooney recently detailed another mischievous activity that he appears to enjoy instigating - he said in television interviews that skinny dipping is a tradition at his Lake Como home.
In "The Ides of March," Gosling stars as Stephen Myers, an idealistic staffer for Democratic presidential candidate Mike Morris, the fictional Governor of Pennsylvania. Morris' campaign gets complicated as Myers becomes embroiled in a string of dirty politics. The film also stars Evan Rachel Wood as Morris' intern.
"I think the thing that's important to know is that you don't need to know anything about politics in order to enjoy it," Gosling said of the drama. "It's not a political film, it's just set in a political arena but more than anything... George has been calling it a morality tale and I guess he would know."
"The Ides of March," which is set to be released on Friday, October 7, is the fourth movie Clooney has directed, following the 2008 film "Leatherheads."
"I think when George made it, he remained objective and I think he was hard on both sides," Gosling said of the film. "I don't think he was trying to deliver any kind of message, I think if anything, he just wanted to start a dialogue before these upcoming elections. I think that's really just to spark a conversation."
The film also stars a slew of Hollywood heavy weights who Gosling continued to praise.
"It's got all my favorite actors in it," Gosling said. "It's got Phil Hoffman and Marisa Tomei and Paul Giamatti... it's just such a great cast."
Though Gosling rose to fame after appearing in the 2004 romance "The Notebook," he recently told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he's had a long-running affair with violent movies and took his most recent role in "Drive" because he wanted to make a "violent John Hughes movie."
Gosling recently starred opposite Emma Stone and Steve Carell in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," which he told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he did because his doctor "prescribed" him a comedy after appearing in such dark roles.
Gosling will also star opposite Stone in the upcoming 1940s cop drama "Gangster Squad." In the film, Stone plays a "a sharp-tongued siren caught in a love triangle" between a drug-dealer played by Sean Penn and a cop played by Ryan Gosling, according to Variety.
"The Ides of March" hit theaters on October 7. Watch the trailer below.