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While one hails from Canada and the other West Philadelphia (born and raised), Ryan Gosling — the man who spawned a million crushes — and Will Smith, the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, are pretty much the same person. First of all, they were both raised by single mothers and then moved to California. But their connections go deeper than that; Ryan’s life is like a mirror image of Will’s, refracted through a rainbow and sprinkled with fairy dust. For your consideration, we present a competitive study between Ryan Gosling and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air’s Will Smith.

They both took ballet with children — as adults
In a recent interview with The Independent, Ryan Gosling admitted that when he finds the time, he takes classes at a local ballet studio. “A lot of the students are young girls so they're there with their mums but they just kind of watch and tell me to keep it up. They try and be positive but I'm so bad.”

In the cleverly titled “Six Degrees of Graduation” episode of the Fresh Prince, Will must make up the music class he flunked by singing “You Are My Sunshine” with a group of elementary school children. Although he stays in first person for almost the entire time, Will is wearing a body suit and strategically placed tutu. He then brings a little James Brown to the proceedings. Really, you should just watch the video here.  

They design their own jackets
In that same Independent interview, Gosling puts on his “self-designed leather jacket.” Guess who did it first? Okay, it wasn’t a leather jacket; it was a Bel Air Academy blazer that Will wore inside out to reveal the fly lining so that he stood out amongst a sea of navy blue. And Ryan’s famous Jumpin’ Jammer’z are essentially the updated version of Will’s neon track suits.

They fight crime
We all know the Gos can break up a street fight with the best of them, and who’s to say he wasn’t inspired by the classic Fresh Prince of Bel Air episode where Will gets shot saving Carlton from a robber? (Note: We’re very glad Ryan wasn’t hurt during his heroic deed.)

Hey, Girl
One of the greatest Tumblrs of all time is the one devoted to all the things we wish Ryan Gosling would say to us. But, girl, you know Will had some classic pickup lines in his day. Personal favorite: “Girl, you look so good I wish I could plant you and grow a whole field of y’all!”

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