Ryan Gosling talks ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ (+Photo Gallery)

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Ryan Gosling has been a serious contender since his breakout role in “The Believer,” following it up with an Oscar-nomination for “Half Nelson” and a slew of accolades for “Blue Valentine.”

Taking on a new public persona by tackling a comedic project for Warner Bros, Ryan Gosling cites Steve Carell as the reason he got involved in his latest project, “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” the former Mickey Mouse Club member explaining that he and “The Office’s” funny man both had small parts on a pilot when Gosling first headed out to Los Angeles.

Gosling added in a recent press conference that slapping Carell in the film may sound worse than it was as Carell “has a very loud face.”

For those interested in their actor’s preferences in music, Gosling admitted to lists currently dominated by Motown and ’60s groups, including Ricky Nelson, Smokey Robinson and Penny and the Quarters (a band he discovered during “Blue Valentine”).

For those wondering how he manages to seem so skillful as a womanizer in this film, Gosling admitted to learning some elements for his character from Mystery (around whom a reality television show, “The Pick-up Artist,” is centered).

Next up for the actor is re-teaming with “Blue Valentine” director Derek Cianfrance on “Place Beyond the Pines,” shooting in Schenectady with Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn.

And as for his tattoos, Gosling revealed a werewolf paw with a bloody heart (a tattoo he applied himself using a gun his friend purchased from eBay), and a ghost woman visiting her own skeleton.

“Crazy, Stupid, Love” opens July 29, 2011 with Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Julianne Moore and “Easy A’s” Emma Stone, and co-starring Josh Groban and Marisa Tomei.

Above photo: Ryan Gosling at the “Drive” premiere at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, courtesy Getty Images.