Ryan Gosling Breaks Character During Kate McKinnon's Alien Abduction Story on 'SNL'

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Musical guest Jay-Z had his own political statement when he wore Colin Kaepernick's jersey number, a nod to the football player's decision to kneel during "The Star-Spangled Banner" last season.

Gosling's "La La Land" costar Emma Stone joined him to talk about jazz in the opening monologue. Ryan Gosling? A white kid from Canada?

Sitting at the piano he lit a cigarette as he delicately began playing.

Having kicked off the latest series of Saturday Night Live last night, rapper/producer Jay-Z and his new best buddy, host Ryan Gosling, invited their leadings ladies on a night out to celebrate their successful show and, yes, it was every bit as handsome of a union as you'd imagine it to be. I'm not exactly sure the country's anxious about La La Land's portrayal of jazz at this point in time, but clearly Gosling heard some of the blowback and chose to use this moment to address it rather than his upcoming movie. Think again. In a cold open that caught us up on everything happening this summer, we got everything we could have wanted and more.

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Jay-Z performed at Saturday Night Live tonight for their season 43 premiere, his first visit there since 2010. Baldwin and McCarthy went on to win Emmy's for their work on SNL's 42 season, along with cast mate Kate McKinnon, who frequently impersonated Hillary Clinton on the show.

Ryan Gosling, Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong and Aidy Bryant had fun reprising a sketch that made Ryan Gosling's last appearance very memorable. The cast certainly put their best foot forward, but this episode felt like a shaky beginning for the late night sketch series.

"Rather than face the demons that they have, they go city to city trying to build a home they never had!" He's also in something called Blade Runner 2049 out this week. Thanks to Gosling's ample experience with freakish moments of high drama (see also Lars and the Real Girl) there's a lot of authenticity in his delivery.

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