Fake Ryan Gosling crashes German movie awards, garners fake laughter

A German film and TV awards show turned into the butt of an elaborate prank when a Ryan Gosling impostor took the stage to accept an award for "La La Land".

Just when you thought that this awards season couldn't get anymore freaky, a Ryan Gosling impersonator goes up on stage to collect an award on behalf of the actor to prove you wrong. The show's host Steven Gaetjen, who was visibly excited by the special guest, introduced the alleged actor as "one of the hottest stars in Hollywood...the one and only, Ryan Gosling" to the stage.

The Goldene Kamera awards made a decision to do just that, and when the host Steven Gaetjen announced that Ryan Gosling would be coming to the stage those in attendance assumed that's who they'd be seeing. The ceremony-famed for awarding American A-listers just for showing up, which explains the presence of Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, and Jane Fonda-had this integrity embarrassingly compromised by pranking comedy duo Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer-Umlauf, who reportedly hired a cook from Munich to pretend to be Gosling, exclusively to hear the delightful sound of awkwardly forced German laughter.

The stunt seems to have been orchestrated by German comedians Joko Winterscheidt and Klaas Heufer, who star on the German comedy show Circus HalliGalli.

He declares "I'm Ryan Gosling" before dedicating the gong to Joko and Klass - two German comedians who were behind the stunt. "There is a saying in Hamburg, which is, 'bye, bye!'" The tepid applause afterward showcased the audience's confusion.

He then turns and walks off stage awkwardly as a couple of audience members clap, before the camera pans across the attendees' stunned faces. Apparently Fake Gos is really a cook from Munich named Ludwig Lehner.

The pranksters allegedly set up a fake agency, promised Gosling would appear at the ceremony if he was awarded a prize, and the show's organizers fell for it and put it all together.

  • Salvatore Jensen