Cool it, guys! Josh Brolin has seen a lot of things in the years since he first got his start in Hollywood back in the ‘80s, but one thing the veteran actor is decidedly over is putting up a “tough guy” demeanor.
“I see young Hollywood punks on the set, and it’s funny to me. Because it’s absolutely me all over again,” he said in the latest issue of Man of the World. “I’m the old guy who’s like, ‘Oh cool, you got your leather jacket and it cost you $400 and you bought it all ripped up!’”
The 47-year-old actor, who next stars in Everest and Sicario, added that one actor in particular sticks out in his mind. And though Brolin didn’t name names, the description of the young man in questions sounds an awful lot like young Hollywood hunk Ryan Gosling.
“I remember a guy I worked with who was from Ontario, but he talked like De Niro,” Brolin said. “I was like, 'Holy s–t, he’s actually doing De Niro. Does he know that I know? I’m not even listening to what he’s saying.' It’s fascinating to me.”
Gosling, 34, hails from Ontario, and he and Brolin costarred in 2013’s Gangster Squad.
The Notebook actor also previously spoke out in a 2010 interview with W interview about adopting a “phony” accent.
“As a kid I decided that a Canadian accent doesn’t sound tough,” he said at the time. “I thought guys should sound like Marlon Brando. So now I have a phony accent that I can’t shake, so it’s not phony anymore. I’m going for the Madonna thing, the Lady Gaga thing — a phony accent that becomes your trademark.”
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