Our secret boyfriend Ryan Gosling continues to make the talk show rounds promoting his new movie Drive, and last night it was Conan O’Brien‘s turn to be utterly charmed by him. The whole interview is really worth watching, but my favorite part came early on when Conan asked him about his relationship to Disneyworld. He’s often photographed there, you see, on dates or sometimes just by himself, eating cotton candy and enjoying the rides. Plus, believe it or not, he got his start on The Mickey Mouse Club, so perhaps he has some kind of pass to get in free for life?
Ryan explained his ambivalent feelings on Disney to Conan the only way he knew how, with an anecdote about Disney’s army of killer cats:
I have a real love-hate thing going on with Disney. It’s a slippery conversational slope… I’ll give you an example of why I love and hate them. I don’t know if this is true or not, and I do not want to get sued by Disney…There is a belief that Disney has been breeding an army of cats. And they’re not just ordinary cats. They have a special set of skills. They’re like commando cats and they live in a barracks — a cat barracks, I don’t know what you call it — and they live on the outskirts of the park. And at night, when they close the park under the cover of darkness, these cats descend into the park and they eat all the mice. Which is what I love about Disney because they’re so weird and they think of everything… But the thing that’s so messed up about it and why I hate them, is that the whole empire of Disney is built on the back of one mouse.
This might be the cutest jokey story he’s told yet, and he’s told a lot of cute ones. Will someone please make a Ryan Gosling commando cat Photoshop, like, yesterday? Because that would be the best thing the Internet has ever contained.