George Clooney on Ryan Gosling: 'He's cheap'

Oct 5, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. ET

George Clooney finally revealed why he chose Ryan Gosling to co-star with him in the new political thriller The Ides of March.

Two mega-hot actors are hitting the big screen together this weekend in The Ides of March -- George Clooney and Ryan Gosling. Both actors have smoking hot careers, but Clooney's choice to cast the Drive actor in the film was motivated purely by economics.

Ryan Gosling and George Clooney in Ides of March

"He was cheaper," Clooney deadpanned during an interview with Time magazine on Wednesday. "He hasn't worked in awhile. I felt bad for him."

All joking aside, Clooney admitted that the role was Gosling's pretty much from the first film discussions.

"When we were adapting the screenplay, from the very beginning, we had been considering Ryan all along," Clooney explained. "He and I had long conversations about film a couple of years before so I always wanted to work with him. I liked him. I thought he was smart."

Among Gosling's appeal to Clooney? He wasn't in acting for the fame.

"He's an interesting actor. He's now in sort of every movie, but for a long period of time he was sort of the reluctant star," Clooney added.

Bromance alert! Gosling is quick to compliment the new boyfriend of Stacy Keibler, too.

"There's no one like George. He's a very unique guy. He's doing so much all at once. He's the director, he's the producer, he's the writer, he's the star," Gosling gushed to "He's working on his project with satellites above the Sudan. He's got 10 practical jokes in the works at all times. I don't know how he does it."

Gosling isn't so quick to compliment himself, though -- he's gaining quite the reputation for his self-depreciating ways.

"I give good dead eyes," Gosling joked when complimented on his intense gaze in the film. "It's on my list of special skills next to horseback riding."

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