Holy Sh*t! Here’s Who Should Have Been Singing in La La Land

With all due respect to Ryan Gosling’s charm and acting skills, his (and Emma Stone’s) whispery singing is NOT what I was expecting when I went to see All-Hail-the-Hollywood-Musical’s-Return aka multiple Academy Award nominated film, La La Land. While I enjoy both actors, you can count me among the underwhelmed by both the singing and the dancing. And, as soon as I caught this wonderful long shot taken by Cary Joji Fukunaga — who Gyllenhaal had invited to his Sunday in the Park with George rehearsal — all I could think about was:  WHY didn’t he play Sebastian?

Just watch this, and tell me those little goosebumps aren’t working their way up your arm.

Color me stupified; am I the only one who didn’t know Jake Gyllenhaal had a voice like this? Just gorgeous.

Gyllenhaal will be in Sunday in the Park with George at the Hudson Theater, NYC February 11th through April 23rd.


Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over eight years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • Jelinas

    I never really got the appeal of Gyllenhaal. He was always just Bubble Boy to me.

    Between the singing and that beard, I can say that I now get it. *furtively fans self*

    • I used to feel much the same, but his acting has consistently gotten better, and the beard helps a lot. Now, singing? HOLY WOW. Plus, he seems truly nice IRL (as does Gosling).

      • Jelinas

        I still haven’t seen Nightcrawler, which he was supposed to be good in, right? Should I bump that up my Netflix queue?

        • YES. He’s excellent! Super creepy and intense.

          • Jelinas

            EXCELLENT. Hopefully, I can get to it this week! 😀 Thanks for the rec!!

          • 🙂

  • Jelinas

    And I have to say that I’m surprised that Gosling didn’t carry the vocals for La La Land; is he the only Mouseketeer that can’t really sing? I am disappoint.

    • I’m not saying he can’t carry a tune, but all I’ve ever heard is the whispering thing.

      • Jelinas

        Yeah … I’m … not impressed. I mean, it’s perfectly serviceable, but there are other singers who do the whispering thing and make it spine-tingling. It’s lacking a certain je ne sais quoi, non?

  • JenVegas

    Now it’s weird that he’s Donnie Darko.

  • JenVegas

    Also, why does this sound like one of the songs from Into The Woods?

    • Fabius_Maximus

      The whole musical sounds like that. It’s actually refreshing.

  • Nadiney

    Oh my days. My lions.

  • Glory

    Wow!! Soooo good!!
    Now if only we knew how tall he was 😉