He has become an internet phenomenon since breaking up a fight in Manhattan.
But Ryan Gosling has now admitted he wishes he had 'kept his nose out' after discovering the full facts behind the scuffle that occured last month.
'I'm embarrassed. I think the guy really was stealing the other guy's painting so I should have just kept my nose out of it.'
The Notebook star, who is romantically linked to Eva Mendes, admitted he did not realise his mistake until he spoke to the artist who had been trying to restrain the thief.
'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.'