Ryan Gosling, known for his roles in award-winning films including The Notebook (2004) and La La Land (2016), was once part of the Disney family as he starred alongside Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake as a Mouseketeer.
But, did you know that Gosling had a bit of an attitude, which actually got him fired from the company?
Ryan Gosling is an award-winning actor known for several roles in the movie industry including The Notebook (2004), Drive (2011), Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), La La Land (2016), and Blade Runner (2017). But Gosling actually began his career at a young age on Disney Channel’s The Mickey Mouse Club (1993–1995).
But, the then 12-year-old actor used to have a big attitude, which reportedly got him fired from being a Mouseketeer. Per ScreenRant:
Remember when Ryan Gosling was a Mouseketeer with Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake all those many moons ago? Apparently twelve-year-old Gosling had a bit of an attitude, because it got him fired by Disney early on.
When he was promoting his movie Lars and the Real Girl back in 2008, he said that he was apparently considered such a bad influence on his co-stars that their mothers actually complained to the studio. That got him hauled to the proverbial principal’s office, where he was told that he wasn’t Disney material for constantly educating the other tween Mouseketeers about mature topics (Gosling says he didn’t know what the studio expected from a twelve year old boy).
We’d say his career didn’t suffer.
As ScreenRant points out, it seems as though the firing did not hurt Gosling or his career as he has gone on to star in award-winning films and at age 26, he was the seventh-youngest Academy Award Best Actor nominee at the time.
Gosling continued his success and in 2004 he took home awards for starring in The Notebook including four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award.
In 2016, Gosling starred in the musical comedy-drama La La Land, which earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and nominations for an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics’ Choice Movie Award, Satellite Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award.
More on Mickey Mouse Club
In case you never watched Mickey Mouse Club, D23 describes this show as:
The original, and still beloved to this day! Mickey Mouse Club debuted on ABC on October 3, 1955, as an hour-long show—every weekday afternoon!—featuring a cast of kids (called Mouseketeers) presenting skits and musical numbers, as well as introducing special guest stars, serials, Disney Newsreel segments from around the world, and plenty of Disney cartoons.
When discussing the version Ryan Gosling appeared on, D23 stated:
The All New Mickey Mouse Club (or MMC, as it was called later in its seven seasons) is especially known for launching the careers of a seriously huge number of big-name stars: actors Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling (pictured above right); pop stars Britney Spears (pictured above center), Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake (pictured above left), JC Chasez, and Tony Lucca; and The Party, a popular ‘90s pop group featuring DeeDee Magno, Damon Pampolina, Chase Hampton, Tiffini Hale, and Albert Fields.
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