During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday, Ryan Gosling described the trip he and his partner Eva Mendes and their daughter Esmeralda took to New York City, explaining the moment his daughter embraced a New York state of mind.
“I brought her to the window in the morning and I said, ‘Sweetheart, welcome to New York,'” Gosling explained. “And two cars went smash, and smoke started pouring out of the cars, and these two guys got out, and I won’t repeat the hand gestures for you, but I just quickly covered her eyes and ran away from the window."
Having been in town to host the season 43 premiere of Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Gosling also commented on his pattern of breaking character throughout the live broadcast.
“You know, I have this weird disorder where if I find something funny, I laugh. I’m working on it,” Gosling joked.
Despite laughing at memories of his New York trip, the interview took a turn when Gosling said it was difficult to promote his new film, Blade Runner: 2049, in the wake of Sunday's tragic shooting in Las Vegas. Gosling then began questioning Kimmel on his childhood in Las Vegas.
“I really appreciate what you said the other night about wanting to come out and tell jokes and be light, but it’s getting harder and harder to do that,” Gosling told Kimmel, adding, “I can’t imagine how you must feel, being from Las Vegas.”
Asking for Kimmel’s perspective on growing up in Las Vegas, Kimmel explained that it wasn’t as interesting as people think.
“It’s kind of a regular place for people who live there, but instead of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., your mom and dad might work 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. or instead of your dad being a plumber, your dad is a dealer and your mom is a cocktail waitress,” Kimmel responded.
Gosling continued to interview the late-night host, asking if he’s ever seen iconic Las Vegas figures. Kimmel then described the moment he saw Liberace buying meat at The Mayfair Market and Sammy Davis Jr. shopping for clothes in the boys section of Saks Fifth Avenue.
Gosling then commented on how Kimmel and his show’s band, Cleto and the Cletones, are all from Las Vegas. “Yes, Cleto and I grew up across the street from each other in Vegas. We’ve been best friends since I was 9 and Cleto was 10 years old,” Kimmel explained.
Attempting to transition the interview back to Gosling, Kimmel asked the Blade Runner actor about his Vegas memories, to which Gosling recalled the moment he encountered Don Rickles at a show, where his friend shouted to get the comedian’s attention.
“I forgot what he said, but it was wildly insulting,” Gosling reflects. “But he had that amazing ability to make you feel like you just experienced some magic trick by him insulting you.”
Years later, Kimmel would introduce Gosling to Rickles, except Gosling never revealed the story of their first encounter to the comedian.