Ryan Gosling Could Have Been in Backstreet Boys

Actor Ryan Gosling on Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo's drum kit backstage on day three of Fun Fun Fun Fest at Auditorium Shores on November 6, 2011 in Austin, Texas.  Jay West/WireImage.com

Everything happens for a reason? Ryan Gosling revealed in a new interview that he missed an opportunity to join the Backstreet Boys before they got big.

"When I was doing the Mickey Mouse Club we were living in the same place as that guy A.J. [McLean] from the Backstreet Boys," the Gangster Squad actor, 32, explained to Celebuzz. "And so he was always talking about the Backstreet Boys, but they were just forming that band so he was saying how big they were going to be — and he had a poster of them in his house." 

"We were like . . . that's never going to happen," Gosling recalled. "Didn't they already do that with New Kids [On the Block]? You're a little late. Cut to . . . I was wrong."

Does he regret not trying to get an invitation to join their band when he had the chance? "I can't live in the past. I've got to live in the now," he said. "That ship has sailed."

And he hasn't kept in touch with the band, but not by choice. "They're not returning my calls," he joked.

"I am so sorry I didn't call you back, dude," McLean, 35, told TMZ in response Monday, Jan. 14, adding he doesn't have the actor's number. But if he gets his number, McLean said, "If we ever want a sixth Backstreet Boy, I'm going to call you."

In other Gosling news, actress Anna Kendrick tweeted a critique of his latest film Gangster Squad on Monday.

Anna Kendrick
Actress Anna Kendrick attends the Art of Elysium's 6th Annual Black-tie Gala "Heaven" at 2nd Street Tunnel on January 12, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. David Livingston/Getty Images

"Ugh — NEVER going to a Ryan Gosling movie in a theater again. Apparently masturbating in the back row is still considered 'inappropriate,'" the actress, 27, joked.

The racy tweet must have resonated with her fans as it earned her over 20,000 favorites and 23,000 retweets.

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