Ryan Gosling says he is embarrassed about interfering in a street scuffle over a painting in New York City.
The 30-year-old Canadian actor lives in the city and is known for movies such as "The Notebook," "Blue Valentine" and the recent film "Crazy, Stupid, Love."
Several weeks ago, he had tried to separate two men, who had come to blows on a city street over a painting that one of them had accused the other of stealing. A freelance photographer captured the confrontation on camera and said Gosling paid the man selling the painting $20 to settle the matter.
"I'm embarrassed," Gosling told MTV News. "I think the guy really was stealing that other guy's painting, so I should have just kept my nose out of it. It was sad because, turns out, that I said to the guy, 'Why are you doing this?' He said, 'Well, he tried to steal my painting.' I said, 'How do you know?' And he said, 'Well he comes here every day and looks at my paintings.' Which means the guy was a fan."
"And so he wanted the painting so bad, he had to steal it because he couldn't afford it. So he finally steals the painting and then he's getting his (expletive) kicked by his hero," Gosling added. "And then the guy from 'The Notebook' shows up and makes it weirder. And it just, the whole thing, nobody wins. The whole thing, nobody wins. Nobody won. I did not win."
The identities of the men have not been revealed. No charges were filed over the incident.
"I had just come from the gymnasium and I was all stretched out and ... feeling warmed up," Gosling added. "So I'm embarrassed."Watch Ryan Gosling breaking up the scuffle below.