Ryan Gosling does another New York good deed, confirms superhero status

April 3, 2012

Ryan Gosling — New York City’s most famous conflict resolution expert — has done yet another good deed on the streets of Manhattan. This time, he reportedly prevented a woman from getting hit by a taxi.


Gosling: on the look-out for speeding cab drivers and other deviants. (Richard Foreman Jr SMPSP/IMAGE COURTESY OF FILMDISTRICT)

The New York Observer picked up on a tweet from Laurie Penny — a British writer for The New Statesman who blogs about “pop culture and politics with a radical twist” — in which she announced to the social media masses that the star of “Drive” had just saved her from a speeding cab. Her tweets do not appear to be a belated April Fool’s Day joke, either.

I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened.

— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) April 3, 2012

She then tweeted some additional details.

I was crossing 6th avenue in a new pink wig. Not looking the right way because I am from London. Ryan Gosling grabbed me away from a taxi.

— Laurie Penny (@PennyRed) April 3, 2012

At this point, in what was surely a coincidence, thousands of women reportedly jumped into incoming traffic in the vicinity of 6th Avenue, all while wearing this outfit.


\ (Melissa Moseley/NEW LINE)

All right, so that didn’t happen. But one bystander clearly was thinking what every woman in America will be thinking upon hearing this story. I’ll let this semi-censored tweet from Penny explain.

“Identity of no-idea-if-actually-a-manarchist-but-definitely-a-decent-sort Ryan Gosling confirmed by girl near me, who said, ‘you lucky b----.’”

This comment is all the more comical considering that it was directed at a feminist blogger. That’s right, we ladies stick together when one of us has a near-brush with death ... unless that lady was saved by America’s Honorary Sexiest Man Alive, in which case the rest of us really have to get home to our studio apartments so we can immediately get to work on a voodoo doll, a voodoo doll that will look slightly different from the Eva Mendes one we may or may not already have.

Bottom line: after breaking up that street fight in New York last summer and for the litany of reasons mentioned here — Ryan Gosling is now officially a superhero.

So just cancel your plans to see “The Avengers,” “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises” because you’ll be spending that time re-reading Penny’s tweets, re-viewing this YouTube video and rewatching that scene in “Drive” where Gosling kicks the snot out of that dude in the elevator after locking lips with Carey Mulligan. As if you weren’t going to do that anyway.

When she isn’t at a movie theater or writing about movies, Jen Chaney is ... um ... probably at home, watching a movie.
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