By Aly Semigran
Updated September 08, 2011 at 05:02 PM EDT

Ever since Ryan Gosling moved to New York City, the streets have felt much sexier and a little bit safer, thanks in part to his intervening when an apparent art theft fight broke out in downtown Manhattan last month. (Sorry, Canada, but we’re never giving him back!)

When a very enthusiastic citizen caught the whole thing on camera and the moment, in which Gosling broke up the scuffle with the help of his very, very nice arms, went viral instantly. While the world swooned, it turns out the Drive star was kind of embarrassed by the whole thing. MTV News recently asked Gosling about his heroic efforts, and the actor explained what really went down and why the whole thing sort of bummed him out.

“I think that guy really was stealing that other guy’s painting, so I should have just kept my nose out of it,” Gosling recalled, “It was sad, because it turns out that I said to the guy, ‘Why are you doing this?’ he said, ‘Well he tried to steal my painting.’ I said, ‘How do you know?’ and he said, ‘Well he comes here every day and looks at my paintings,’ which means the guy was a fan, and so he wanted the painting so bad he had to steal it because he couldn’t afford it. So he finally steals the painting and then he’s getting his ass kicked by his hero, and then the guy from The Notebook shows up and makes it weirder.” (Actually, as far as getting caught stealing goes, that sort of sounds like a best case scenario, no?)

Gosling continued, “It’s just, the whole thing. Nobody wins, nobody won. I did not win. I had just come from the gymnasium, and I was all stretched out and feeling warmed up.” Sorry, but the image of Ryan Gosling (who adorably uses words like, “gymnasium”) “feeling warmed up”? Now, everybody’s a winner!

Watch the interview with Gosling, plus the footage of the fight, below:

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