Ryan Gosling Stops Fight in NYC Streets, Makes Us Swoon

Actor helps break up a scuffle in the Big Apple while baring his impressive biceps

By Cristina Gibson Aug 22, 2011 7:12 PMTags

Ryan Gosling to the rescue! Just when we thought it wasn't possible to love him any more, he goes and does this.

Manhattan's hunkiest new resident was caught on camera helping to break up in a scuffle in the streets of NYC.

Two men were grappling over a painting in the middle of an intersection by St. Marks' Place in the East Village as passersby looked on.

A few brave bystanders tried to run interference, but check out how Ryan jumps right in and takes control:

Ryan hustles over and gets in between the two men while flexing his incredibly buff biceps in a tank.

Listen for the collective squeals of the pedestrians who quickly realize the impressively muscled Good Samaritan is actually "the guy from the movie...The Notebook"!

The Crazy, Stupid, Love actor physically restrains one of the guys after dropping his grocery bag and eventually helps diffuse the situation and escort him away.

Freelance photographer Valerie Alvea is the one who shot this video (thanks, girl!) and explained to us exactly how Ryan resolved the situation.

"He took them to the corner and asked them what was going on.," she tells E! News. "The gentleman was like 'He stole my painting'. So he [Gosling] gave the guy a $20 and asked if it was settled. He took the money out of his pocket and said 'If that's what you're fighting for, here you go'."

Our eyewitness says no police were involved in the scuffle. Ry's rep hasn't responded to request for comment yet, but we're beyond impressed...and considering staging a street fight ourselves just so Ryan will get physical with us, too. Sigh.

—Reporting by Sharareh Drury