Ryan Gosling: Mark Wahlberg will be better in Lovely Bones than me
Ryan Gosling has said he doesn’t hold a grudge against director Peter Jackson for losing his role in the forthcoming film The Lovely Bones.
Ryan gained 20lbs and grew a beard for his role as Jack Salmon in the much-anticipated big screen adaptation of Alice Sebold’s bestselling novel - but was then replaced by Mark Wahlberg just a day before filming started last week.
The usual “creative differences” explanation was cited as the reason for Ryan’s departure but rumours started circulating about tension between Ryan and the crew or about the suitability of his weight gain.
Ryan insists though that the change of casting is for the best and the rumours are getting out of hand: “I think, people are making it a far more interesting story than it actually is. The media always slant things in a negative direction. If somebody said I was easy to work with, they’d make that sound bad, too.”
“The age of the character versus my real age was always a concern of mine. Peter and I tried to make it work and ultimately it just didn’t. I think the film is much better off with Mark Walhberg in that role.”
“Peter Jackson is an incredible filmmaker and I’m here to tell you that he has things up his sleeve that are going to blow peoples’ minds. I’m going to be the first person in line to buy tickets.”