He may be a hot quantity in Hollywood these days, but that doesn’t mean Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (“Drive,” “Gangster Squad”) is going to play by Tinsel Town’s rules.
For the most part, the 31-year-old Gosling has bucked Hollywood stardom so far, carving out an unconventional acting career that has favoured up-and-coming directors and indie films over A-list filmmakers and big budget blockbusters. The “Notebook” star is set to continue that somewhat unorthodox streak this spring by making his directorial debut with “How to Catch a Monster,” and has turned to the Internet in order to find actors for the film.
A website featuring an open casting call for “How to Catch a Monster” popped up over the weekend, inviting actors and non-actors alike to submit video auditions for roles in the movie. Gosling is looking for the film’s male lead, Bones, and two young supporting actors to play the parts of Face and Frankie. (Sorry, ladies, but so far it looks like Gosling's only looking for male actors.)
Written and directed by the former “Breaker High” star, “How to Catch a Monster” stars Gosling’s “Drive” co-star Christina Hendricks (“Mad Men”) as Billy, a single mother who is drawn into a dark and dreamlike city in search of her son. According to the synopsis, the film combines “elements of fantasy noir, horror and suspense into a modern day fairytale.” If you're looking for a chance to shine and think you fit Gosling's bill for any of the roles, submit a video audition to the site and see what happens!
Many Hollywood actors have dabbled in directing, but few find real success as filmmakers. Most people know famous actor/directors like Orson Welles, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, and recent Golden Globe winner Ben Affleck (“Argo”), but how many remember Nicolas Cage’s 2002 directorial debut “Sonny” or Kevin Spacey’s Bobby Darin biopic “Beyond the Sea”? Exactly. Sometimes actors should just stick to what they know.
Will Gosling buck the trend of good actors turned shoddy filmmakers? Or is he angling to be the next great actor/director? Obviously there’s nothing to go on here, but we’re going to throw it out there anyway: If Gosling’s directing is anything like his acting, then Eastwood, you’d better watch your back!
“How to Catch a Monster” begins filming in Detroit this spring.