Ryan Gosling joins long line of directors who have cast their wives and girlfriends in movies

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Guy Ritchie and Madonna
The queen of pop started dating this English filmmaker after they met through mutual friends Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, in 1999. They married in late 2000, and Ritchie later cast his wife in romantic comedy Swept Away. He also directed the controversial music video for her 2001 single “What It Feels Like for a Girl.”
Ritchie on directing Madonna: “We had a shorthand so we could officially get down to business.” [The Guardian]
Madonna on working with Ritchie: “We saved the physical stuff to the very end of the shooting. And I think everyone expected bombs to go off. The whole crew was waiting for Guy’s head to explode off of his body.” [The Guardian]
Still together? Nope. Ritchie and Madonna divorced in 2008. The director, who once called his marriage to Madonna “a soap opera,” is now engaged to model Jacqui Ainsley.

Darren Aronofsky and Rachel Weisz
The Requiem for a Dream director originally had planned for his century-jumping epic, The Fountain, to star Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett. But when Warner Bros. slashed the budget, Aronofsky reworked the script and in 2004 cast Hugh Jackman and Weisz, whom he had been dating for three years.
Weisz on working with Aronofsky: “We had some fun times. I mean, Hugh and I would sometimes be sitting there and we’re, like, crying, you know? We thought we’d given the ultimate we could ever give and he went, ‘Okay, let’s do it again immediately,’ and you’d just do it again and again. I think he pushes you to the point where you’re no longer conscious of what you’re doing and for an actor, that is heaven. That’s what you want.” [About.com Guide]
Still together? No. The pair split in 2010 after nine years together. Weisz has since managed to get 007 himself to settle down — she married Daniel Craig in 2011 after they played newlyweds in the mystery thriller Dream House.

Joel Coen and Frances McDormand
The Coen brothers met McDormand when she auditioned for their 1984 directorial debut, Blood Simple. Soon after, she married the older of the two brothers, and since then, the Oscar-winning siblings have cast her in five other films, including Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There and Burn After Reading.
McDormand on working with Joel Coen: “The one thing that hasn’t changed is trust. I trust him a lot. What I think occurred to me in the last couple of years is that maybe I need to question that a little more, just so I can prepare myself for the outcome. I’m still in shock about The Man Who Wasn’t There… I tend to get more specific direction from Ethan now. Because of my intimate relationship with Joel, it’s easier for me to get direction from Ethan.” [BBC]
Still together? Yep. This couple is still going strong, nearing their 30th anniversary. Joel’s brother, Ethan, has also had a long relationship with a frequent collaborator, editor Tricia Cooke, whom he married in 1990.

Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
This comedic pair met in 1995 when Mann auditioned for The Cable Guy and Apatow (who wrote and produced the Jim Carrey film) read Carrey’s part opposite his future wife. They married later that year, but a decade passed before Apatow worked professionally with Mann again, when he cast her in The 40 Year Old Virgin. Since then he hasn’t been able to stop: He also cast her in Knocked Up, Drillbit Taylor, Funny People and This Is 40.
Apatow joking about directing Mann’s scenes with Paul Rudd in This is 40“I just say action, and I look away and I go, ‘Is it over? Is it over? I just make sure the shower door is very wet so I can’t see what’s actually happening. I don’t mind it though because Paul Rudd makes her sick. If she was really hot for Paul Rudd, that would trouble me. She liked Brendan Fraser a little bit too much. But with Rudd she’s grossed out. So I go, ‘Go lick him.’ Then it’s a punishment.” [PopSugar]
Still together? Yessiree. Now the question is, will Mann score a part in the growing cast of Apatow’s Anchorman sequel?

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