Ryan Gosling dismisses 'Hey Girl,' discusses new film at SXSW

Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:40pm EDT
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - With a drop of a microphone, Ryan Gosling dispelled his Internet infamy, saying he had never once uttered the phrase, "Hey Girl," which has made him a viral phenomenon.

"I understand if you're in a movie and you say something like 'I'll be back,' you own that. But I never said it," Gosling said while giggling with Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro at a panel conversation to a full house on Friday.

Gosling was the anticipated opening day guest at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival covering film, music and technology in Austin, Texas, being quizzed by Del Toro not on his Internet fame, rather his directorial debut, "Lost River."

But Del Toro threw in cheeky references to the infatuation with Gosling that has made him an online celebrity, such as his love for Disneyland, where he has been photographed on dates, riding rollercoasters.

On the Internet, photos of Gosling are captioned with quirky, romantic phrases beginning with "Hey Girl," one of the earliest memes to emerge in the social networking age.

Gosling, 34, responded by blushing and hiding his face in embarrassment, and when Del Toro teased him for finally saying "Hey Girl" while telling a story about never having said the phrase, Gosling dropped the mic, joking he was done.

"Lost River," out in theaters in April, sees Gosling, known for films such as "The Notebook" and "Crazy Stupid Love," step behind the camera for a script he penned - a surreal, dark fairytale set in Detroit, inspired by his childhood imaginations of America while growing up in Canada.

Much of the conversation was about the actor's process in writing and directing, and he candidly discussed working with a 4-year-old actor who did not like the camera.   Continued...

Director Ryan Gosling poses on the red carpet as he arrives for the screening of the film "Lost River" in competition for the category "Un Certain Regard" at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 20, 2014.            REUTERS/Eric Gaillard