Ryan Gosling Reveals Detroit Police Detained Him in 2011 Mix-Up

Ryan Gosling Cannes Photo Call - H 2014
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Ryan Gosling Cannes Photo Call - H 2014

Officers thought the actor — who was exploring abandoned buildings — was attempting to steal copper wire.

Ryan Gosling ran into some trouble while doing research for his directorial debut in Detroit.

The actor had just completed filming The Ides of March opposite George Clooney in 2011, but stayed in the city to explore the environment and shoot footage of abandon buildings with a new HD digital camera. His directorial debut Lost River uses some of that footage for its opening.

But roaming around abandoned buildings apparently made him look suspicious to police, who detained him on suspicion of looking to steal copper, the actor told The Los Angeles Times.

"I'm not proud that I was arrested, but it did give me one of the central pieces for the main character," Gosling said.

Lost River, which Gosling also wrote, stars Mad Men's Christina Hendricks as a single mother  who enters a dreamlike world while her son struggles to make ends meet and survive. The film premiered at Cannes in 2014, and Gosling is taking it to South by Southwest.