When Ryan Gosling finds a director he enjoys working with, friendship and future collaborations usually follow. The heroic star is already hard at work on follow-up films with 'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn and 'Blue Valentine' helmer Derek Cianfrance, and judging from his new comments, don't be surprised if he teams with George Clooney again, too. After all, Gosling thinks Clooney is "like Michael Jackson, basically." Well, then!

In a sprawling, must-read interview with Vulture, Gosling explained what makes Clooney -- his director in the upcoming political drama 'The Ides of March' -- so special.

It was amazing to watch him direct because it was like watching somebody try to explain a song in their head. I can only kind of compare it to seeing Michael Jackson in 'This Is It,' where he's trying to explain to a keyboard player how to play a certain part and the keyboard player isn't getting it right, and Mike Jackson just knows exactly how he wants this part played, even in the see of other parts being played, he can pick that out. That's kind of what George is like. He's like Michael Jackson, basically.

The Gos: cool enough to refer to Michael Jackson as "Mike."

'The Ides of March' hits theaters on Oct. 7, but you can catch Gosling as a real human being in 'Drive' starting Friday.

[via Vulture]

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