New York Times’ Vulture announced their 100 Most Valuable Movie Stars 2013. Ryan is listed again just like last year. This year he ranks #22 at the Vulture Rankings, #38 at Studios Favorites, #7 at Tabloid Target, #23 at Most Respected, #61 at International Stars, #13 at Action Stars, and #19 at Dramatic Stars.
Ryan Gosling is that rare sort of creature in Hollywood: a leading man with good looks, great charm, and a big name … who’s still never starred in a $100 million movie. And maybe that’s exactly how he wants it. Gosling seems most comfortable in indies, including this year’s The Place Beyond the Pines, which grossed a tidy $21.4 million. But that was the actor’s only success this year: His Cannes entry Only God Forgives was met with boos and bombed in theaters, while studio entry Gangster Squad — one of Gosling’s few stabs at a mainstream popcorn movie — stalled at $46 million.
Now that Gosling is taking an extended break from acting to work on his first directorial effort, How to Catch a Monster, it raises the question of what he should do when he comes back. Could he use another star vehicle like Crazy Stupid Love, the first and only movie he’s made to truly capitalize on the romantic appeal he showed in The Notebook? Or would he be better off as an independent leading man with intermittent, smaller-scaled hits like Drive and Blue Valentine? One thing is for sure: Superheroes are off the table for Gosling, who’s turned down offers to star as Green Lantern and Batman in the past. Our guess is that Gosling stays his course, leading indies while taking the occasional juicy supporting role in a studio vehicle that he feels like he can trust. It’s possible that one of his frequent collaborators like Derek Cianfrance or Nicolas Winding Refn will eventually be handed a megabudget studio movie and come calling for the Gos, but that backdoor approach is just about the only way we can see Ryan Gosling starring in a summer tentpole. And that’s fine: In the era of Twitter and TMZ, what’s wrong with at least one leading man who stays elusive?
Rank Compared to 2012: +12
Domestic Box Office: $24,800,490
Overseas Box Office: $22,681,544
Studio Value: 8
Oscars: 1 nom
Critics’ Score: 64
Twitter Mentions: 6,464
Tabloid Value: 9
Some additional rankings when making ‘your own list’. Ryan ranks 69 when you only adjust Domestic Box Office, #64 at Overseas Box Office, #29 at Studio Value, #78 at Like ability, #2 at Critics’ Score, #7 at Twitter Mentions, #50 at Oscars, and #10 at Tabloid Value.