According to E!, everyone, including the charity's organizers were surprised by Gosling. The surprise appearance occurred over the weekend at the Spooky Skeedaddle 5K and Festival which benefited the Texas School for the Deaf Foundation's Language for All Campaign, reports The Washington Post.
Gosling was filming scenes for an upcoming movie directed by Terrence Malick in Austin and decided to drop in on the charitable event to surprise the kids at the Texas School for the Deaf, which is also located in Austin, reports The Huffington Post. Gosling was also joined by his co-stars in the Malick movie, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara, reports The Washington Post.
According to Anne Adams, executive director of the school's foundation, it had posted images on Pintrest featuring Gosling to raise awareness, although she doubts that caused Gosling to attend the event. The crew of the movie had been using the school's campus and parking trucks as part of the production, according to The Washington Post. Gosling's surprise appearance was aided by the crew wanting to shoot some B-roll during the charity event.
Naturally, the kids were overwhelmed by Gosling's surprise appearance and took to Twitter to share their delight. The kids were gushing praise, including Ghada Soufan, a college student, who took a picture with Gosling and declared it as the “best day ever.”
According to all reports, Gosling didn't just make a token appearance at the event, staying late to take photos even after the director was finished shooting for the day. Gosling also tipped big, according to Adams, “Ryan helped us out by paying $50 for a $1 glow in the dark cotton candy from a booth staffed by deaf children, It was very sweet.”
Overall, the charity run and festival raised close to $20,000 for the Texas School for the Deaf.