Speaking to New York Magazine, the actor had nothing but praise for Clooney's vision while working on the film, saying that he had "very specific" ideas about how he wanted the film to come to life.
Gosling explained: "It was amazing, like watching someone try to explain a song in their head. I can only 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 - even in the sea of parts being played, he can pick that out.
"That's kind of what George is like. He's like Michael Jackson, basically. I love Mike Jackson. [Clooney] knew exactly what he wanted, and he was very specific. A lot of directors aren't so clear."
Gosling previously revealed that he fell victim to several of Clooney's practical jokes while on the set of The Ides of March.
"He will come up to you and tell you something very serious... and then he'll walk away and you realise your pants are wet," the Crazy, Stupid, Love star said. "He's had, like, an Evian spray bottle. He's been spraying your crotch the whole time."
Watch the trailer for The Ides of March, which opens in the US on October 7 and in the UK on October 28, below: