Ryan Gosling has been a well known actor for years, but 2011 brought a whole other level of fame into the 31-year-old's life. Between the summer romantic comedy hit Crazy Stupid Love and his critically acclaimed turns in Oscar contenders Drive and The Ides of March, Gosling has been an inescapable presence in the media this year.

It's not just his movies that garner press either. In August, Gosling was the center of attention when he found himself caught on film trying to stop a street fight that occurred in the St. Marks area of New York City. His love life also has gotten huge media coverage, from stories about ex-girlfriends Sandra Bullock and Rachel McAdams surfacing to being seen out with current flame Eva Mendes. Gosling, who refuses to discuss Mendes, revealed to Australian newspaper The Advertiser that he thinks that the world's obsession with him is a little silly.
I'm just so sick of myself. I can't imagine how everyone else feels. And there's just nowhere to go but down really from here. So, hey, it's been nice. It's been real.

Gosling can joke around all he wants, but he doesn't seem to be fading back into obscurity. Despite announcing via UK newspaper The Times that he can't see himself acting much longer, the former Oscar nominee has the next year of his life completely booked up with film projects, including a remake of the film Logan's Run with Drive director Nicholas Winding Refn that I'm really looking forward to.
I've never booked myself up like this. I used to make a film every year or two. A week after I finished The Place Beyond the Pines, I started on my current film Gangster Squad. We'll see. I may come to regret it but I just want to be making films right now. The opportunities are so great I don't want just to be hanging out. I feel like this is the time for me to be productive.

I'm happy to hear that his retirement doesn't seem to be happening in the near future. Gosling is one of the best actors of his generation and I really enjoy watching him on screen. I think he's one of the rare celebrities whose fame is incredibly well deserved. Not only does he give exceptional performances each time I see him in a movie, he chooses interesting and different projects to pursue. Gosling may be sick of himself, but I don't think any of his fans are ready to let him fade away anytime soon.

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