Ryan Gosling shows Ellen he's the ideal talk show guest

Get-well wishes go out to Ellen DeGeneres, who, TMZ reports, injured her back over the weekend and will host Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s shows (at least) from a bed placed on her talk show set. No details were immediately known about why she’s in the reclined position, but we certainly look forward to hearing the story.

Regardless, DeGeneres won’t be dancing anytime soon. Which you may not think is a bad thing until you (re)watch recent guest Ryan Gosling teaching her how to salsa. They don’t actually get busy until 9 mins. and 30 secs. into the interview but you’ll want to see the whole chat anyway. Fracture, Gosling’s new movie with Anthony Hopkins, may not earnhim another Academy Award nod, but while promoting it, he gave the best performance on atalk show in recent memory — and a master class in how to be a memorable talk-show guest, as you’ll see after the jump.

Gosling started off with a story about how hisbeehive-wearing mother was miserable at the Oscars because herhairdresser had falsely predicted that would be the look— until heexplained the situation to stranger Meryl Streep, who then leaned overand said, "You know, I almost wore my hair up, too. I’m so jealous, Iwish I had."

He offered a movie plug that didn’t feel like one. Goslingtalked about how Hopkins will start barking like a dog on set if hesees you taking yourself too seriously: "But the thing is thateverything he does is so good that it sounds exactly like adog. You can almost hear it. You’re like, ‘It’s a three-leggedshepherd," he paused, "with a kidney problem."

Then he had fun with an audience member who hadsuggestively strutted her stuff to "Shake Your Body (Down to theGround)" during the commercial break: "She’s not just a dancer, she’s astoryteller…. She has a deeper understanding of the song than we do."

Finally, hetaught Ellen to salsa, taking her hand and saying, "I’ll try not to getfresh with you, but it’s a very sexy dance, you’re a beautiful womanand I’m only human." Deadpan, he then placed her hand in the properposition — on his butt. She laughed. Viewers giggled. His publicist shouldbe very proud. That’s how you do a talk show, boys. Be charming; use a clever story to plug your movie with that beloved costar instead of a boring "he’s such a professional" line; be funny and personable; and play. When you do that, no one feels the need to ask about your private life. Or to show this clip of you as a Mouseketeer.

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  • Jean

    Wow, after viewing that clip, I think I’m in love wiht him.

  • Jean

    Wow, after viewing that clip, I think I’m in love with him.

  • K

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, Ryan Gosling is the best. Period.

  • Dara

    I saw this interview when it originally aired and I had the same exact reaction. However, I kind of wish he had been a worse guest so that Ellen could have trotted out that classic Micky Mouse Club clip. That was hysterical!

  • Todd

    TMZ.com is reporting it as a back injury to Ellen

  • sarah

    Um, wow, can he marry me please.

  • Amelia

    I have liked Ryan Gosling since I saw him in “Remember the Titans”, 7 years ago, and have barely seen him talk as himself. This clip changes that, and I can only like him for the better!

  • Anna

    He is soooo cute! Love love LOVE him! AND he’s an amazing actor. He’s going to be a huge star.

  • Martha

    Very nice. My brain just exploded, however, watching that Mickey Mouse Club clip. Ryan Gosling as a boy band mini-heartthrob is just mind-blowing.

  • Michelle

    His best work was by far the teen comedy “Breaker High”. I think it was a Canadian show. Pure genius :P I’ve had a crush on him ever since.

  • Ellipsian

    Just. Plain. Yum. I mean, really.

  • kelly

    Bwahaha!! That Mickey Mouse Club Clip was too much! I bet his friends won’t let him live that one down. Oh the baggy XXL beige clothes! Oh the pre-pubescent hip thrusting!

  • Rachel

    Those are some tight jeans he’s wearing.
    I loved the beehive/Oscars/Meryl Streep story.

  • trw1570

    He seems very sweet but I don’t know if I’d say that his performance on Ellen was “memorable.”

  • Tasia

    Wow, I think he almost turned Ellen straight!
    Great MMC clip… memories…

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