Toronto TIFF 2018

Ryan Gosling left Leslieville cafe with a 'lovely feeling' after visit during TIFF

Social media campaign saw Canadian actor stop by Grinder Coffee for a cup of joe

September 11, 2018

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling visited an east-end coffee shop Tuesday while he was in town for TIFF. (Grinder Coffee/Twitter)

Ryan Gosling plays astronaut Neil Armstrong in his new film First Man, but he proved he's pretty down to earth at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday.

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Grinder Coffee owner Joelle Murray said the London, Ont.-born movie star turned up mid-afternoon to say hello and greet patrons, despite the fact her east-end cafe is a 20-minute drive from the main festival strip.

"I pounced upon him with pure love and admiration," Murray told CBC Radio's Here and Now. 

"He was an incredibly great sport."

Murray had been pursuing the star since Sept. 3 with a social media campaign in which she posted photos of herself and a life-size cardboard cutout of Gosling, promising 15 per cent off if he showed up at Grinder Coffee during TIFF.

That promise faded away, Murray said, when she saw Gosling pull up.

"I was so giddy that I forgot my quest to make money and I went: 'Of course you can have a free cup of coffee,'" she explained.

Murray added that Gosling told her he had seen the tweets and found them "humorous," but that it was his mother who told him to visit.

"He made it seem that he enjoyed meeting me as much as I enjoyed meeting him," said Murray, who estimates Gosling popped in for about two minutes to greet her and a handful of patrons. 

"And it was a lovely feeling. He was very well-spoken, a wonderful Canadian boy with very good manners."

With files from CBC Radio's Here and Now
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