By Emilly Martinez
What could stir the usually calm, laid-back Austin independent music crowd into an unexpected frenzy this weekend? The appearance of Ryan Gosling at Fun Fun Fun Fest, a three-day music festival held at Auditorium Shores.
The well-known and loved actor was spotted Friday, sparking the creation of the Tumblr account RyanGoslingatFunFunFunFest.tumblr.com, devoted to tracking Gosling’s appearances at the festival through postings of pictures taken by fans.
Festival goers were occasionally forced to divide their attention between musical artists and Gosling.
“I came for the music. Stayed for Ryan Gosling. And left with a body full of dirt,” said Santa Ana, Calfi., junior Cynthia Estrada. “When Lykke Li was on stage, Ryan Gosling was on the far side of her stage. It was incredible to experience the inspirational energy from such a great artist as Lykke Li while simultaneously getting to see Ryan Gosling. My eyes constantly shifted from Lykke Li to Ryan because I didn’t know who to pay more attention to. But seriously, the music was amazing.”
Gosling’s appearance wasn’t Austin’s first run-in with celebrities at music festivals, as Christian Bale was spotted at Austin City Limits in September. Both actors were seen with camera crews surrounding them throughout the perspective festivals.
According to the Internet Movie Database, Bale and Gosling are in pre-production for the movie “Lawless” set to be released in 2013. Although plot details for the film have not yet been released, Rooney Mara (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”) and Cate Blanchett (“Lord of the Rings”) are listed as co-stars and have also been spotted filming with Bale and Gosling.
With headliners such as Lykke Li, Passion Pit and Spoon and Gosling-spotting, this year’s festival is possibly the most exciting since the festival’s creation six years go.
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