Article Nov 24, 2016

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Ryan Gosling confused by his random internet meme fame

Ryan Gosling is left glassy-eyed when fans approach him on the street referencing internet memes he has become famous for.

In addition to being the talk of the A-list Hollywood scene, The Notebook star is an online sensation, with crafty pranksters creating viral images of him opposite cheeky phrases like 'Hey, Girl'.

Back in 2013, a video titled Ryan Gosling Won't Eat His Cereal was created on social media app Vine, which featured film clips of the actor appearing to turn away from spoonfuls of food offered to him by Internet celebrity Ryan McHenry.

"That was strange," Gosling tells Variety of the cereal Vine video. “Just walking down the street, people would say, ‘Why won’t you eat your cereal? Are you too good for cereal?’”

However, Gosling has come to appreciate the bizarre Internet jokes, of which he is unwittingly at the center, and when McHenry passed away in May, 2015, the Drive star paid tribute to him by taking to his own social media accounts to post a video of himself finally eating a bowl of cereal.

Even though he thinks a lot of the memes are fun, Ryan confesses he's not a fan of all the pseudo-personalities he represents online - and those people pretending to actually be him.

“I got a Twitter (account) because some guy was pretending to be me," he recalls. "Someone told me, ‘I follow you on Twitter, you’re tweeting all the time!’ And that day that person had tweeted: 'Just had a taco downtown. Gotta love those Mexicans'. I was like, ‘All right, this has got to stop'.”

When he finally verified his official account on the micro-blogging site and announced his presence to the 'Twitterverse', Gosling was surprised by the response he received from other Twitter users.

“Immediately, I started getting angry tweets saying: ‘You’re a bad you. The other guy was a better you’," he shared.