Published Nov 16, 2016From "Hey Girl" to refusing to eat his cereal to the rumours that he was moshing at an American Nightmare show, Ontario heart throb Ryan Gosling has a fascinating relationship with the internet. As it turns out, however, his Twitter fans appear to prefer a fictionalized version of him rather than the real deal.
In a new interview with Variety, the Gos revealed that he signed up for the social media service after he noticed that plenty of fans were confusing those terribly unfunny "parody" Twitter accounts with the real deal.
"I got a Twitter because some guy was pretending to be me," he said. "Someone told me, 'I follow you on Twitter, you're tweeting all the time!' And that day that person had tweeted: 'Just had a taco downtown. Gotta love those Mexicans.' I was like, 'All right, this has got to stop.'"
Unfortunately, his real-life Twitter page — which is mostly used to promote Gosling's various projects — doesn't quite boast the same sharable platitudes of the parody accounts. Once he was verified on Twitter, Gosling reveals that the complaints kept rolling in. As he recalled, "Immediately, I started getting angry tweets saying: 'You're a bad you. The other guy was a better you.'"
Still, Gosling has a solid sense of humour about his status as a highly memeable man. Discussing his internet fame, he said, "Do you remember when Fabio got hit in the face with a pigeon on the roller coaster and it broke his nose. Sometimes I feel like I'm the pigeon and the internet is Fabio's face.... Actually, I don't know if I'm the pigeon or I'm Fabio's face. Depends on the day, I guess."
Ryan Gosling will next star opposite Emma Stone in La La Land, which opens next month.