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Face Off: Ryan Reynolds vs. Ryan Gosling

01.17.2017by: Matt Rooney

Welcome back, carnage lovers. This is Face Off, Joblo’s exclusive series where we pit two worthy foes against each other until one emerges a victor, while the loser bears a mark of shame for eternity. Last week saw the much awaited clash between BATMAN V. SUPERMAN vs. SUICIDE SQUAD. BVS came out the champ and was met with both cheers and sneers. But it earned its trophy, and SQUAD will live forever in a state of emasculation and erectile dysfunction.

Now it’s time for yet another bout, this time featuring a man who is no stranger to this competition—Ryan Gosling. The star of movies like DRIVE,THE NOTEBOOK and HALF NELSON has been put up for combat against the likes of Russell Crowe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jaoquin Phoenix—coming out the victor in the former two. The veteran will step into the ring again, this time against his most worthy challenger yet, and a man who shares his birth name—Ryan Reynolds. This is Reynolds’s first entry into the series and hopes to steal the crown from the reigning Ryan. Both actors have had a banner year, with Reynolds having his biggest hit yet with DEADPOOL, while Gosling has turned in lauded work in praised movie’s THE NICE GUYS and LA LA LAND. The two went head-to-head at the Golden Globes this year, with Gosling coming out on top for LA LA LAND. Reynolds hopes to return the favor here.

Let’s...begin!

CHARISMA/PERSONALITY
Reynolds is no stranger to dramatic work, but the actor has become synonymous for his snarky demeanor and effortless humor. He can walk into the room and overshadow everyone with his charm and hilarity. He has a modern, devil-may-care, every-man likability to him that makes him instantly lovable. His movies always manage to showcase this, and you probably couldn't pay someone DEADPOOL money to say a bad thing about him.
Gosling has charm to spare, but he's known more for his steely sense of cool than for being the life of the party. As for his acting work his characters are often quite methodical and suave, and on the red carpet he looks humble and frankly quite reserved. Though we love him for all of it, he's admittedly not as instantly enamoring as Reynolds.
VERSATILITY
Though his humor always shines through Reynolds has a versatile and deep body of work at his back, spanning all kinds of genres. Action, comedy, drama, animation, romance, horror, cerebral projects—the guy has done it all. His movies haven’t always been hits, but Reynolds has proven time and time again he’s game for anything you throw at him. Except the color green.
Gosling has a knack for picking his roles much more carefully than Reynolds. The actor favors more complex characters and dramas than potential box office hits. Sure, he’s got a romantic comedy or two under his belt, but he's one of the few actors who hasn’t done a superhero movie (which is quite admirable), or even a horror movie for that matter. Granted you could include STAY for the latter, but that movie isn’t really much of anything.
FILMOGRAPHY
TALENT
As I’ve covered, Reynolds has dipped his gorgeous, and I assume smooth, hands into all different kinds of projects, and though he does a lot of great work he’s never gotten a chance to really show the distances he can go. BURIED gave us his best work at a time when he was known only as a Hollywood hunk, bringing out a layered, frantic-yet-controlled, all-around amazing performance from such a difficult scenario. Last year he played the lead in DEADPOOL, giving us the role he was born to play. However, much of what made him perfect for that were the qualities he’s shown in previous movies.
Gosling has made it apparent from the word go he would be committed to roles that would challenge him as an actor. He has given us truly incredible performances in movies like THE BELIEVER, DRIVE, THE IDES OF MARCH, BLUE VALENTINE, LA LA LAND and HALF NELSON, all while taking time out to make us laugh in movies like CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE and THE NICE GUYS. His eyes aren’t just as blue as the ocean, but also as deep.
MOST ICONIC PERFORMANCE
If you were to ask what Ryan Reynolds was famous for before 2016 you'd probably refer to either a not so flattering movie like GREEN LANTERN, or as the guy with sexy abs. However, Reynold's OWNED 2016 thanks to his performance in DEADPOOL. And this wasn't just because he led a successful film. No, this movie as a success because of him. Like Robert Downey Jr. in IRON MAN the movie was defined by his performance and as a result the role will keep his name alive for eons. Reynolds had a acting style people knew, and DEADPOOL gives us the best of Reynolds and so much more.
Ryan Gosling has sooooo many great performances under his belt. However, there isn't one truly iconic role that defines not only him but him in the eyes of audiences. The closest would be The Driver from DRIVE, a role so cool it became the top Halloween costume that year and stood out in a great year (2011) for the actor. Still, though, Gosling will be known for quite some time for his overall body of work than one huge role. That all being said, when Gosling does give us his BIG, career-defining performance we'll know, because it will surely get him all the gold.
DREAMINESS
What I can imagine a husky would look like if he was turned human by a horny witch, Reynolds seems to never age (he’s f@cking 40!) and just gets more youthful with time. He’s as angular as the perfect octagon, and I’m sure he's been studied by a team of mathematicians and scientists, and has since been labeled as scientifically, perfectly handsome.
Handsome in many of the ways Reynolds is, Gosling replaces Reynolds's every-man likability with the mysterious look of a lovelorn traveler. He looks like the kind of man who would roll into town, take you out on a picnic, read you some poetry, and then beat a bully in a driving match to reclaim your honor. You may think he's just a rebel with a toothpick, but you don't know him like I do! He's divine!
BOX OFFICE
ACCOLADES
1 Golden Globe nomination

1 PGA nomination (producer for DEADPOOL)
1 Golden Globe win, 5 nominations

1 Oscar nomination (could be two one week from now)

4 SAG nominations

1 BAFTA nomination
Ryan Reynolds

Both of these actors are remarkable talents who have earned everything they’ve been given, and have their own unique traits that make them great. Reynolds is the often hilarious leading man a girl could bring home to see the folks...and then go do shrooms with in the attic. Gosling on the other hand, is the actors-actor of the two, able to balance the occasional comedic role with searing dramatic work, never losing his stoic, confident cool. However, Reynolds pulls out the win because he has simply made the most out of his time in Hollywood, and for all his ups (BURIED, DEADPOOL) has lots of downs (GREEN LANTERN, R.I.P.D., THE CHANGE-UP), and yet come out of it unscathed with an unwavering sense of charm, solidifying himself as one of the world's most adored stars. Gosling even expressed his shock when he won his Globe over Reynolds this year, proving that even in defeat Reynolds comes out on top.

Which Ryan is your favorite??

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9:19PM on 01/17/2017

this should have been an unpopular opinion

Ryan Reynolds has done one movie that is critically acclaimed. personally i dont see what everyone loved about Deadpool. I didnt really like it. but everything else he is in sucks. ryan gosling is a million times better. this isnt even close.
Ryan Reynolds has done one movie that is critically acclaimed. personally i dont see what everyone loved about Deadpool. I didnt really like it. but everything else he is in sucks. ryan gosling is a million times better. this isnt even close.
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5:01AM on 01/18/2017
"Ryan Reynolds has done one movie that is critically acclaimed" No, he has done 8 (and that's not even counting supporting roles).
"Ryan Reynolds has done one movie that is critically acclaimed" No, he has done 8 (and that's not even counting supporting roles).
7:12PM on 01/17/2017
I have respect for Reynolds for getting Deadpool made, but I don't think he wins this face-off. He's not much of an actor. Even his deadpool is similar to the comedic roles he's already done in the past. He's dull as dirt in dramatic roles. Outside a few smaller films (Buried, Adventureland), when was the last time you heard people actually praise a performance of his. The dude has multiple bombs on his resume, and one hit.
I even think Gosling is somewhat overrated, but he's shown more range
I have respect for Reynolds for getting Deadpool made, but I don't think he wins this face-off. He's not much of an actor. Even his deadpool is similar to the comedic roles he's already done in the past. He's dull as dirt in dramatic roles. Outside a few smaller films (Buried, Adventureland), when was the last time you heard people actually praise a performance of his. The dude has multiple bombs on his resume, and one hit.
I even think Gosling is somewhat overrated, but he's shown more range and better role/film choices and deserves the win.
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5:35PM on 01/17/2017

Not Very Objective

It is pretty clear who the better overall actor is, not that Reynolds is bad at all. This seems to be based mostly on Deadpool, which is not enough on its own.
It is pretty clear who the better overall actor is, not that Reynolds is bad at all. This seems to be based mostly on Deadpool, which is not enough on its own.
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5:35PM on 01/17/2017

Not Very Objective

It is pretty clear who the better overall actor is, not that Reynolds is bad at all. This seems to be based mostly on Deadpool, which is not enough on its own.
It is pretty clear who the better overall actor is, not that Reynolds is bad at all. This seems to be based mostly on Deadpool, which is not enough on its own.
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3:41PM on 01/17/2017

This is the greatest travesty in the history of this column

Also, the Reynolds has starred in 15 films in the past decade (2008-2017) out of those only four have made a profit at the domestic box office, and all of those except for Deadpool have featured bankable co-leads. The other 11 have failed to make back their budget. Even his followup to Deadpool bombed hard. That has no bearing on his talent, r how good he was in those roles, but it does make seriously question the wisdom in giving him the box office award.

Gosling's films usually get limited
Also, the Reynolds has starred in 15 films in the past decade (2008-2017) out of those only four have made a profit at the domestic box office, and all of those except for Deadpool have featured bankable co-leads. The other 11 have failed to make back their budget. Even his followup to Deadpool bombed hard. That has no bearing on his talent, r how good he was in those roles, but it does make seriously question the wisdom in giving him the box office award.

Gosling's films usually get limited releases but if you adjust them for theater count he earns a lot more almost every time around (with Deadpool and The Proposal as the two notable exceptions).
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2:38PM on 01/17/2017

No.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.
Wrong, wrong, wrong.
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2:20PM on 01/17/2017
I agree with the result but I think the majority opinion (maybe on JoBlo, but definitely outside of it) is the opposite. Personally I think he's overrated. Not untalented or unworthy of the roles he gets but I think he's spoken of too highly. He's talented yes but Oscar-level? All the time? The way people make it sound? No. Not quite.
I agree with the result but I think the majority opinion (maybe on JoBlo, but definitely outside of it) is the opposite. Personally I think he's overrated. Not untalented or unworthy of the roles he gets but I think he's spoken of too highly. He's talented yes but Oscar-level? All the time? The way people make it sound? No. Not quite.
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12:36PM on 01/17/2017
Based on the criteria you're using, yes, Reynolds wins. But that's not necessarily the right criteria. I personally love both these guys. But Gosling is more talented, and unlike Reynolds, he's had years of being memorable and a selling point in his movies. Before Deadpool, who but The_Soloist saw Ryan Reynolds as the lead being a plus?
Based on the criteria you're using, yes, Reynolds wins. But that's not necessarily the right criteria. I personally love both these guys. But Gosling is more talented, and unlike Reynolds, he's had years of being memorable and a selling point in his movies. Before Deadpool, who but The_Soloist saw Ryan Reynolds as the lead being a plus?
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3:48PM on 01/17/2017
It really does amaze me that Reynolds has become a de facto leading man. Since 2008, he's played a leading role in 15 films and 11 of those have failed to even make back their budget at the domestic box office. Of course,that has nothing to do with Reynolds' talent, but Chris Hemsworth has half as many bombs and people are starting to talk in the trades about him being Box Office poison.
It really does amaze me that Reynolds has become a de facto leading man. Since 2008, he's played a leading role in 15 films and 11 of those have failed to even make back their budget at the domestic box office. Of course,that has nothing to do with Reynolds' talent, but Chris Hemsworth has half as many bombs and people are starting to talk in the trades about him being Box Office poison.
12:27PM on 01/17/2017
Yikes. Gosling should be the easy favorite here. He is a way better actor, he is in way better movies, and his appeal with the ladies is bigger than Reynolds. Also must mention that Gosling was in an episode each of Are You Afraid of the Dark AND Goosebumps!
Yikes. Gosling should be the easy favorite here. He is a way better actor, he is in way better movies, and his appeal with the ladies is bigger than Reynolds. Also must mention that Gosling was in an episode each of Are You Afraid of the Dark AND Goosebumps!
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12:03PM on 01/17/2017

this is the craziest Face off ever

i think this is deadpool fever only.
i think this is deadpool fever only.
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12:00PM on 01/17/2017

Both Good Actors

My 4 favorite Ryan Reynolds films are Safe House, Foolproof, Blade: Trinity (test run for Deadpool character) and Deadpool. Ryan Gosling is a very good actor but his films just don't hit me the same way as RR's do, with the exception of Drive.
My 4 favorite Ryan Reynolds films are Safe House, Foolproof, Blade: Trinity (test run for Deadpool character) and Deadpool. Ryan Gosling is a very good actor but his films just don't hit me the same way as RR's do, with the exception of Drive.
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11:49AM on 01/17/2017

Ryan Gosling

First of all I do really like Ryan Reynolds. He's a much better actor than a lot of people give him credit for. Defiintely Maybe, Buried, The Voices, and The Nines are all really good films and Reynolds is the main reason why. That being said I still prefer Ryan Gosling. He just might be the best actor of his generation.
First of all I do really like Ryan Reynolds. He's a much better actor than a lot of people give him credit for. Defiintely Maybe, Buried, The Voices, and The Nines are all really good films and Reynolds is the main reason why. That being said I still prefer Ryan Gosling. He just might be the best actor of his generation.
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11:20AM on 01/17/2017

No

Gosling has a better filmography, more talent, and versatility. Prior to Deadpool, the only thing people saw Reynolds as was a teen comedy star for college films that aren't funny. Gosling has Drive, The Nice Guys, La La Land, and even his more controversial roles (Only God Forgives, Gangster Squad) are better than anything Reynolds has done.
Gosling has a better filmography, more talent, and versatility. Prior to Deadpool, the only thing people saw Reynolds as was a teen comedy star for college films that aren't funny. Gosling has Drive, The Nice Guys, La La Land, and even his more controversial roles (Only God Forgives, Gangster Squad) are better than anything Reynolds has done.
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10:27AM on 01/17/2017

Gosling

Ryan Gosling is easily the better overall actor who's worked with some of the best directors working today and is also one of the best actors working today as well. Seriously, the guy's filmography is great and there's not a single bad film on it. I don't see Reynolds being nominated for any Oscars anytime soon and to be honest, has had more failures than success'. The only reason he's more relevant now is because of Deadpool. Gosling is more of the versatile actor and most of his career isn't
Ryan Gosling is easily the better overall actor who's worked with some of the best directors working today and is also one of the best actors working today as well. Seriously, the guy's filmography is great and there's not a single bad film on it. I don't see Reynolds being nominated for any Oscars anytime soon and to be honest, has had more failures than success'. The only reason he's more relevant now is because of Deadpool. Gosling is more of the versatile actor and most of his career isn't centered on one character/film. Plus, Reynolds comes across as trying too hard with his prick persona sometimes during his interviews, and social media sites.

No contest here; there's a reason why Gosling has been successful as he has been in the time he's had.
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10:38AM on 01/17/2017
I have to say that your comment is fairly ironic given your avatar picture.
I have to say that your comment is fairly ironic given your avatar picture.
10:14AM on 01/17/2017
If I have a day to hang out with one of these actors, it would be Ryan Reynolds. He looks like a great guy to hang out with. I've been a fan of his work since 2 Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place day. And he's really versatile actor from mainly comedy roles to action heroes and even a somewhat underrated, yet great thriller like Buried.
If I have a day to hang out with one of these actors, it would be Ryan Reynolds. He looks like a great guy to hang out with. I've been a fan of his work since 2 Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place day. And he's really versatile actor from mainly comedy roles to action heroes and even a somewhat underrated, yet great thriller like Buried.
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