Films have been threadbare without him for the past few years. But with just two publicity stills from his upcoming Netflix spy thriller, he’s shown he can still command an audience through tantrums alone.
It’s been four years since Ryan Gosling has been in a movie. Five years if you don’t count first man, a film that very few people have seen. Which means almost half a decade has passed since Gosling’s last cinematic tweak. The wait, however, seems to be over. On Tuesday, Netflix released the first images of its latest big-budget spy thriller, The gray man, with Ana de Armas, Chris Evans and Gosling. And the images seem to suggest that this summer will have a new on-screen Gosling look that everyone is losing their shit on.
If you grew up around the time Notebook, you know the influence of a Gosling character’s wardrobe – in this particular case, the newsboy cap, beard, and tattered T-shirts. However, it is only Half Nelson, when Gosling was paired with costume designer Erin Benach, who he transformed from teen idol to Big Screen Fit King. “When we were doing Half Nelson in 2003, I think, I really insisted that he wear a woolen cardigan,” Benach explained to QG in 2013. “I mentioned it at each fitting. He was always looking at me and saying, ‘What are you talking about? I would never wear a cardigan. You are crazy.'”
The harassment was effective enough, however, that the two paired up again for blue valentinewhich was the first glimpse of the Gosling leather jacket.
Speaking of jackets, in 2011 Nicolas Winding Refn received the Best Director Award at Cannes for Conduct. But it was Gosling’s satin jacket with a golden scorpion logo on the back – inspired by Kenneth Anger’s 1964 experimental film Scorpio Rise – which has taken the culture by storm. “Ryan had been really inspired by these 1950s Korean souvenir jackets,” Benach said. Grantland in 2011. “He bought one on his own and wore it everywhere. So we started thinking, wow, this could be really cool. But their styling and shape was definitely very 1950s and loose. We felt like Driver was really buttoned up and clean and streamlined, and we didn’t want there to be a lot of flutter for him. So we built it piece by piece. We knew the collar had to be able to roll up, we wanted the knit around the cuffs and waist to be 100% wool as opposed to stretch nylon. We wanted every element to be perfect. We went through 15 or 20 iterations until we were successful. Which was due to the wire – about an hour before shooting! »
That same year, Gosling gave his indelible masterclass in costume wear to crazy and stupid love. “I found this great shirt maker in France called Gossuin,” said the film’s costume designer, Dayna Pink. QG in 2011. “I found them while I was in Paris going to shows, and they just – it’s a company that’s owned by an ex-model. He understands fashion and fit, and they make these amazing shirts. They made the most amazing shirts for Ryan. A little sheer so you can see through but not so sheer and beautifully tailored, the cuff detailing is amazing.
Then in The place Beyond the Pines, Gosling proved that bleaching your hair and getting a face tattoo can look as good as a French shirt. “Luke is a character who walks into someone’s life and then walks out,” Benach said. QG on Gosling’s character. “He tried to be a bit like a knight – he didn’t succeed, but you really wanted to believe he was going to. Because he didn’t live like everyone else lived and traveled everywhere with his team circus, he wasn’t necessarily influenced by the fashion or style of any place, he traveled around the world and took it all on, he went to different small towns and was affected by different people, different places and different music.
Three years later – through his character Sebastian, a struggling jazz pianist – Gosling went vintage in The Earth. “Sebastian is never seen in a t-shirt and jeans in the film and instead opts for a tailored casual outfit when not in his jacket and tie,” wrote menswear blogger Ethan. Mr. Wong at the release of the film. “For the character, it makes it clear that Seb lives in a ‘la la land’ of the past, where men had ‘sports shirts’ for casual days and t-shirts were considered underwear. He wears these sports shirts not with chinos or jeans, but with real pants!
As for The gray man, so far we only have two still images. In one, Gosling is wearing a black T-shirt and tactical vest; in the other, he wears a crimson peak lapel blazer over a white T-shirt. In the pantheon of Gosling Movie Fits, neither seems so special. But considering it’s her on-screen sartorial comeback, suffice it to say, they’ve already left quite an impression.