Ryan was reportedly seen location scouting in Detroit for his upcoming directorial debut “How To Catch a Monster“.
Gosling was spotted Wednesday morning by WXYZ-TV photojournalist Mike Krotche, who was filming an abandoned house fire in Detroit when he saw the actor accompanied by a few people and got the polite but reticent group to say they were scouting locations.
The actor has previously expressed fondness for Detroit, which he got to know during the local filming for “The Ides of March” in 2011.
The buzz is that the actor is here for preliminary scouting, possibly for “How to Catch a Monster,” a film that would be his directing debut. “Mad Men” star Christina Hendricks, who appeared with Gosling in the moody “Drive,” is reportedly the star of the movie, which according to a press release “weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense into a modern day fairytale.”
There was a Gosling sighting at Motor City Brewing Works earlier this week. A source, unnamed because he isn’t authorized to talk about the visit, said the actor has been looking at possible shooting locations in the Cass Corridor. There also has been unconfirmed chatter on the Web that puts Gosling all over metro Detroit.
The Michigan Film Office is aware of Gosling’s visit and has been receiving calls and texts from teen and grown-up female Gosling fans. The office hasn’t received any application for the state’s film incentives regarding a Gosling project.
Those who’ve talked to Gosling are mostly staying mum, while those who haven’t are looking for him everywhere.
Café d’Mongo’s owner Larry Mongo, who befriended Gosling during his “Ides of March” stay after the actor visited his hip nightspot, hasn’t seen Gosling, but has been swamped with inquiries.
“Yesterday, there were a ton of people coming by. They came to see if he was here,” said Mongo. His message to his friend? “Don’t make me go out and find you,” he joked Thursday, inviting Gosling to drop by during this visit.
Over at the WDZH-FM (98.7 AMP) radio station, the Buck and Coop morning duo sent their executive producer out to search for Gosling, a mission that seems to have resulted in her being escorted out of a hotel by security.
WYCD-FM (99.5) midday host Jack Shell took a less intrusive approach. He was behind the call today during the “Lunch On Demand” request segment from a man identifying himself as Gosling. The fake Gosling told the country station he was a big Travis Tritt fan and also shared that he was in town for an American Coney Island hot dog-eating contest.
Shell got the inspiration from all of the Gosling hubbub he’d been hearing. “Everybody’s got the Ryan Gosling fever right now,” he said. “I took my temperature last night and it was over one hundred.”
And the Facebook postings and Twitter messages regarding Gosling’s visit keep arriving. Our favorite tweet expresses the thoughts of a wide range of women: “Spotted: Ryan Gosling buying me a drink while in #Detroit. Location: In my dreams.”