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"Gosling's back, ALL RIGHT!" The songs practically write themselves!
It's true: Both Ryan Gosling and original Backstreet Boy A.J. McLean confirmed this week that the blond, blue-eyed Ontario native was this close to getting in on the BSB action from the ground floor. Gosling recently told Celebuzz that he knew the tattooed McLean while living in the same building in New York City, when Gosling was working on the "Mickey Mouse Club" and McLean and his four bandmates were getting together.
"They were just forming that band, so he was saying how big they were going to be -- and he had a poster of them in his house," Gosling said. "We were like, 'It’s never going to happen. Didn’t they already do that with New Kids? You’re a little late.' Cut to: I was wrong."
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But when the Backstreet Boys began their race to the top of the pop music charts, Gosling apparently realized his mistake and tried to get in touch with his old friend. "They’re not returning my calls. I try not to think about it," he said.
Luckily, McLean gave his side of the story to TMZ and insisted that he never intentionally ignored the mega movie star, who currently stars in "Gangster Squad." In fact, McLean says Gosling would have made a killer BSB member, pointing out that the actor is also a great singer and a great-looking man.
Thanks to YouTube and Gosling's days as an adorable cast member of "The Mickey Mouse Club," fans around the world are quite knowledgeable about the now 32-year-old's skills.
Like this one, for example, which shows an 11-year-old Gosling crooning to "When a Man Loves a Woman" and then busting out some crazy dance moves with his sister Mandi:
We also know that Gosling can slow it down for those romantic ballads while simultaneously pulling off that whole early-'90s baggy-sweatshirt-and-pants combo:
Who knows? With his kind of talent, Gosling could have been the Backstreet Boy equivalent to Justin Timberlake. On one hand, we wouldn't have gotten that scene from "The Notebook." On the other, we'd have a Gosling cameo in the "Quit Playing Games With My Heart" video. Who can really decide which one is better?