Is Justin Bieber Channeling Ryan Gosling's Character in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'?

Is Justin Bieber Channeling Ryan Gosling's Character in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'?
Source: AP
Source: AP

Justin Bieber may have a new style muse: Ryan Gosling à la his 2012 indie movie The Place Beyond the Pines. On Tuesday, Bieber randomly posted two Instagram movie stills of Gosling, both captioned with, "What a beast." 

As one may notice, the images of Gosling resemble the new look Bieber has been taking on lately — i.e., the bleached hair, that now-notorious face tattoo and all of that purposely tattered clothing.

In the first photo, a heavily tattooed Gosling is casually hanging out by his motorcycle, and in the second, Gosling is sitting on a stoop and feeding his character's child. In the movie, Gosling plays Luke, a bad boy trope who has a motorcycle, newborn baby and knack for robbing banks to support said baby. 

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So when those close to the Biebs claim that his new aesthetic is a result of finding God, do they really just mean Gosling?

While paint-splattered jeans may very well be in Bieber's future, hopefully that also means that those controversial dreadlocks are gone for good. 

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The likeness between Bieber's recent look and Gosling's character wasn't lost on Twitter users. User @codyckennedy tweeted that the two were "interchangeable;" @GrayKal said Bieber was "stealing" Gosling's look. 


Read more: Justin Bieber's Dreads Get Dragged for Cultural Appropriation on Twitter


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Kathleen Wong

Kathleen is a branded content staff writer at Mic. She is based in New York and can be reached at kathleen@mic.com.

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