Watch: That Time Ryan Gosling Played Hercules

Watch: That Time Ryan Gosling Played Hercules

Jul 23, 2014

Ryan Gosling Young Hercules

Before he was making men wear leather jackets they have no business wearing, and women wish their men could just be him instead, and men wishing they could also just be him instead, Ryan Gosling was a fresh-faced kid who had graduated from the Mickey Mouse Club to appear in random episodes of Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Goosebumps and Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.

But when he was 18 all his dreams came true and he finally landed his very own show. It was called Young Hercules, and it was a goofy prequel to the popular adult series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. In it, Gosling played the man who would eventually grow up to become Kevin Sorbo. Yep, this kid obviously grew up to look exactly like this guy:

The show only lasted one season, but since this was the '90s and TV was extra weird back then, that single season was actually 50 episodes long. Or, to put it another way, there are over 17 hours of Ryan Gosling as Hercules footage in the world. But really all you need are these 58 seconds of the show, which feature Gosling apparently trying to talk a kid down from a bad trip and then getting kicked through the air and landing in a tree that gives him a wedgie. 

You are not going to see anything this good in the Rock's Hercules movie, that's for sure.

Thanks for the clip, Christopher Campbell.





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