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Ryan Gosling: The Backstreet Boy that got away

Music's loss was acting's gain says Gillian Orr

This week we learned the sad news that Ryan Gosling narrowly missed out on becoming a member of nineties baggy-pants warblers, Backstreet Boys.

Band member AJ McLean revealed that he asked his former neighbour Gosling to join the band but he turned him down. Later the Drive star changed his mind, only for McLean to never return his call. Gosling will just have to make do with being one of the most in-demand, desired and respected actors in Hollywood.

And he’s not the only A-lister who missed out on a lifetime of stool-seat crooning; Colin Farrell auditioned unsuccessfully for Boyzone .  But this sort of rejection can leave a sting. “You can’t live in the past,” Gosling  told a reporter when asked about his misfortune.

“That ship has sailed.”