As you may remember, a scuffle broke out in a Manhattan intersection between a street artist and another man. Passerby Ryan Gosling stepped in and convinced the artist to let go of the other guy. Then he helped escort the two to the sidewalk. The video stops there, but we do know Gosling resolved the altercation with rational words and a $20 bill (presumably to cover the cost of the stolen painting).
“I’m embarrassed,” Gosling tells MTV News of the now-infamous viral video. “I, uh, I think the guy really was stealing that other guy’s painting, so…. I should’ve just kept my nose out of it.
“It was sad, because—turns out that—I said to the [artist] guy, ‘Why are you doing this?’ He said, ‘Well, he tried to steal my painting.’ I said, ‘How do you know?’ And he said, ‘Well, he comes here every day and looks at my paintings.’ Which means the [other] guy was a fan. And so he wanted the painting so bad he had to steal it, ’cause he couldn’t afford it. So he finally steals the painting, and then he’s getting his ass kicked by his hero [the artist]. And then the guy from The Notebook shows up and makes it weirder.
“And it’s just, the whole thing—nobody wins,” Gosling concludes. “Nobody won.”
He adds wryly, “You know, I had just come from the gymnasium, and I was all stretched out and feeling—” Gosling sighs heavily. “Feeling warmed up.
“So I’m embarrassed.”
Aww! It sounds like this might still be keeping Ryan Gosling up at night.