Caught on video: Hollywood hunk Ryan Gosling (“The Notebook”) saw a fight developing on the streets of NYC, dropped his bag of groceries and used his personal-trainer toned bod to break it up.
Stopping violence in public can be dangerous, and I wouldn’t recommend it for everyone. Gosling obviously knew what he was doing, however, and what he was doing was fulfilling the citizen’s duty to fix a problem when he or she can. Proactive participation in society, including discouraging misconduct whenever possible, is profoundly ethical, and too rare. The actor not only stopped a brawl, he also established himself as a member of that endangered species, the celebrity who deserves to be a role model.
Gosling doesn’t just play heroes in the movies—-he knows how to be the real thing.
11 thoughts on “Ethics Hero: Actor Ryan Gosling”
That’s Ryan Reynolds, not Ryan Gosling.
Yikes! It was labeled Ryan Gosling…I’ll fix it.
How do you know the difference?
I can tell them apart, but specifically, that picture of Reynolds you had up was from Blade III (which stars Ryan Reynolds in his first big action movie).
OK, I feel better now. In the Gosling photo file, it turns out that there are a lot of Reynolds’ mixed in.
Quick! Get me a fainting couch!
In all seriousness, it’s nice to see someone physically capable of intervening in a fight do the right thing and step in.
He’s one of my favorite actors. It’s nice to find out he’s a good person, too.
And its nice to see him go in and calm the situation down instead of making it worse by being physical.
Yes! And he wasn’t showboating. I had a friend in college who used to do this sort of thing regularly. Sometimes he got his clock cleaned.
Someone I know online broke up a fight between two drunken dopes during a Canada Day celebration. He just pushed them apart and repeated “O Canada” and they left.
It helps that this guy is 6’10” and can simply keep people apart with his armspan.
I had a Marine Corps buddy who would do this all the time also. Being 6′ 10” and well over 280 pounds he had no problem with anyone. One time a guy just wouldnt stop so Albert picked him up and threw him over his shoulder and spun around. The guy was so dizzy afterwards he had to just sit on the ground to collect himself.