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Gosling out of Bones

Oct. 22, 2007by: Mike Sampson

Ryan Gosling is out and Mark Wahlberg is in. It hardly seems like a fair trade-off but that's exactly what's happening on THE LOVELY BONES. Just one day before filming was scheduled to begin on Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel, Ryan Gosling abruptly left the project to be replaced by Wahlberg. Gosling was to star as the grieving father of a young girl who was killed and even gained 20 pounds and grew a beard for the role. The departure was chalked up to "creative differences," which would indicate Jackson felt that even after the beard and the weight, Gosling was too young for the role. Wahlberg was apparently on the shortlist and sent the script over the weekend. He read it on on Saturday and signed on the dotted line yesterday. He joins Rachel Weisz and Saoirse Ronan as the murdered young girl. It'll be an extended stay for Wahlberg in Pennsylvania, where BONES will film, as he just wrapped the M. Night Shyamalan film THE HAPPENING in Bucks County. Wahlberg was able to squeeze this project in before he starts on THE FIGHTER with Brad Pitt and Darren Aronofsky next year.

Extra Tidbit: Gosling is 27, Wahlberg is 36.
Source: Variety

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5:45AM on 10/23/2007
Holy shit, as if I had anything less than "MUST SEE" to say about this movie, now I'm all OVER that shit.

Mark Wahlberg is one of my favorite current actors, and while Ryan Gosling is a fine professional actor, he's kind of insignificant to Mark...

Oh, this is great news. Color me piss-myself-silly PUMPED!
Holy shit, as if I had anything less than "MUST SEE" to say about this movie, now I'm all OVER that shit.

Mark Wahlberg is one of my favorite current actors, and while Ryan Gosling is a fine professional actor, he's kind of insignificant to Mark...

Oh, this is great news. Color me piss-myself-silly PUMPED!
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3:42PM on 10/22/2007
well that' a great way to prevent me from seeing what otherwise might have been a good movie. god i hate mark wahlberg.
well that' a great way to prevent me from seeing what otherwise might have been a good movie. god i hate mark wahlberg.
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2:49PM on 10/22/2007

works for me

I would like to see Wahlberg go for a different dramatic approach, and this movie will take him there.
I would like to see Wahlberg go for a different dramatic approach, and this movie will take him there.
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11:15AM on 10/22/2007
I have to agree. I kept thinking how is Gosling supposed to be married to Rachel Weisz? Wahlberg is much closer in age.
I have to agree. I kept thinking how is Gosling supposed to be married to Rachel Weisz? Wahlberg is much closer in age.
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8:54AM on 10/22/2007
As great an actor as Gosling is...I think this is much more fitting. Ever since news broke I never could really picture him as a father
As great an actor as Gosling is...I think this is much more fitting. Ever since news broke I never could really picture him as a father
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