Ryan Gosling can make grown men do strange things. After Crazy, Stupid, Love. opened in July, I know several average middle-aged dads from the neighborhood who purged their wardrobe and went to the barbershop on a rejuvenation mission. Gosling’s suave svengali was a little cartoonish, but he was undeniably cool — and it had only a little to do with his Photoshopped abs. But 31-year-old Brandon Kelly went a bit further than a wardrobe upgrade last Sunday at the Frys.com Open golf tournament, when he was arrested for throwing a hot dog at Tiger Woods.
He threw a hot dog (and the bun). At Tiger Woods. Why, you ask? Kelly’s excuse: “I threw the hot dog toward Tiger Woods because I was inspired by the movie Drive,” Kelly told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. “As soon as the movie ended, I thought to myself, ‘I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.’”
For the record, “I have to do something courageous and epic. I have to throw a hot dog on the green in front of Tiger.”
To be fair, Drive, in which Gosling plays a stunt-driver for hire who gets involved with some deadly criminals, has unnerved many people who’ve seen it, including the woman who’s suing because the film’s trailer was misleading. But it’s not exactly Clockwork Orange or Taxi Driver. And it’s not exactly Braveheart either. You can’t blame your golf-course wiener peltings on the movie, no matter how inspiring.
Still, points to Kelly for delivering a totally inexplicable explanation to a totally inexplicable act. I still haven’t determined whether I’m appalled or impressed. But I’m going to go see Drive again.