But Gosling didn't merely stop the fight and skateboard away into the sunset. He took the opponents aside and asked them what was wrong. It turned out that one of the men was a street artist, and the other one came by every day to look at his paintings, until he finally tried to steal one. Gosling told MTV that he felt really bad for the thief, rationalizing that the guy must have been a huge fan of the artwork and unable to afford it, and it must have really sucked that his favorite artist and a random Hollywood A-lister wound up beating him up in the street. According to witnesses, the conflict was defused when Gosling handed the artist a crisp $20 note, effectively buying the painting for the thief. Some say that guy still wakes up every morning with his bed sheets mysteriously smelling like rose petals and French cologne.
But that wasn't the only time Gosling demonstrated real-life heroism. The very next year, British journalist Laurie Penny was in New York when she stepped into the street in the path of an oncoming taxi. Once again, Ryan Gosling leaped out of whatever pocket dimension he apparently lives in and pulled her out of the way.