Missing: Ryan Gosling skips the Golden Globes

Where was Ryan Gosling during the 2012 Golden Globe Awards? Thousands of miles away in Asia.

Ryan Gosling in Thailand during the Golden Globes

Were you wondering where our boyfriend Ryan Gosling was during the 2012 Golden Globes? You weren’t the only one — many fans took to Twitter wondering where their beloved Drive actor was situated among the A-listers in attendance.

Sadly, he wasn’t there.

“He’s working, I think, in Thailand,” George Clooney told inquisitive reporters before the show. “He wrote me a nice letter, an email, this morning. You know, he’s gotta work, he’s gotta earn a living, he’s a struggling actor.”

We expected him to be there, especially since he was nominated twice — “Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama” for The Ides of March, along with “Best Actor in a Comedy” for Crazy, Stupid, Love.

However, duty called — and it’s likely he’s amping up his already-buff body for his role in the upcoming Nicolas Winding Refn film Only God Forgives, the story of a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster who “settle their differences in a Thai-boxing match,” according to IMDb.

“We start in January. We’re shooting chronologically. We’ll be in Thailand for five months,” Gosling told reporters in 2011, according to IndieWire. He didn’t add much else about the film, only that “It’s the strangest thing I’ve ever read and it’s only going to get stranger.”

And he’s right about that. A longer summary of the film paints a surreal portrait.

“Julian lives in exile in Bangkok where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for the family’s drug smuggling operation. When Julian’s brother Billy is killed, their mother, Jenna, arrives in the city. She wants revenge and forces Julian to find the killer. Julian’s contacts in the criminal underworld lead him directly to The Angel of Vengeance, a retired police officer who knows everything and who is both Judge and Punisher. Jenna demands that Julian kill The Angel of Vengeance, an act that will cost him dearly.”

Image courtesy WENN.com

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