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In the new buzzworthy film "Drive," Ryan Gosling plays a fearless stunt driver who completes dangerous movie stunts in the blink of the eye. It's hard to believe that the actor portraying this tough-as-nails character was once a teenage Fraidy Cat in a Frankenstein movie.
That's right -- long before Gosling was making audiences swoon in the "Notebook," cry in "Blue Valentine" and laugh in "Crazy, Stupid, Love," the actor was making them cringe in the long-forgotten 1997 film "Frankenstein and Me."
Why have you never heard of "Frankenstein and Me" -- a thriller about a 12-year-old boy (Jamieson Boulanger) who is obsessed with the idea of reviving Frankenstein from the dead? Probably because it is a subpar Canadian film whose only "star" at the time was Burt Reynolds. Still! Ryan Gosling was in it and every Gosling title, especially the obscure '90s titles, are worth excavating.
In the early '90s, the heartthrob was still an unknown talent. After spending his first twelve years in Canada, the actor got his first big break in 1993 as a mouseketeer on the "The Mickey Mouse Club," where he performed with the likes of Justin Timberlake, J.C. Chasez and Britney Spears. After impressing Disney audiences with his smooth grooves and variety show chops, Gosling scored roles in a handful of television series including "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," "Ready or Not" and "Goosebumps."
But it wasn't until 1997 when the future Oscar nominee earned his first feature role in "Frankenstein and Me." Shot mostly in Montreal, Gosling co-starred as Kenny, a floppy-haired, fearful kid in an oversized white poncho who helps his best friend (and the film's main character) Earl (Jamieson Boulanger) achieve his monster dreams. For most movie kids, this mission might sound glamorous, but for the "Frankenstein and Me" gang, this meant attempting to revive a cadaver. Those crazy Canadian kids! Check out a clip below.
In just four years, the actor would earn his first feature critical praise for the controversial indie "The Believer" and in 2004, Gosling discovered mainstream success with "The Notebook." But, we'll never forget our "Drive" star's meager monster beginnings in "Frankenstein and Me."