Director Henry Bean said he cast Gosling because his Mormon upbringing helped him understand the isolation of Judaism.
where Gosling and Pitt portrayed a pair of high school seniors who believe they can commit the perfect murder.
He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? His first starring film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003).
Gosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romantic drama The Notebook.
He wanted to spend more time sitting with and devising a character as well as play a variety of roles, so he chose to enter film and not accept any more television work.
At the age of nineteen, Gosling decided to move into "serious acting".
In an uncomplimentary review of the film, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times said that Gosling "like his fans, deserves better." Gosling was unfazed by the negative reaction: "I had a kid come up to me on the street, 10 years old, and he says, 'Are you that guy from Stay? To prepare for the role, Gosling moved to New York for one month before shooting began.
In 2002, he told the Vancouver Sun that he initially enjoyed working on the show, but began to care too much about the series, so it was no longer fun for him.
The director Peter Jackson and the producer Fran Walsh persuaded him that he could be aged with hair and make-up changes. He played the role of New York real-estate heir Robert Durst, who was investigated for the disappearance of his wife (played by Dunst).