Ryan Gosling talks about working with director Nicolas Winding Refn in his new film “Only God Forgives,” who also collaborated with him in the film “Drive.” Ryan Gosling is Julian, the coward son who can’t stand up for his evil mother played by Kristin Scott Thomas, who forces him to avenge his brother’s death.
If you didn’t see any of his previous films and didn’t know his work, you would think it was a Tarantino release, including very graphic scenes that will make the most sensitive cringe and cover their eyes. One of the most grotesque scenes in the film was suggested by Gosling, almost jokingly, but the director took his idea to the screen. Gosling says that he already knew what to expect when he started shooting with Nick, that even though he read the script, they wouldn’t use it and it was going to be a big surprise how the plot would unfold.
Julia Melim has an exclusive interview with the actor!
Julia Melim: How was it shooting in Thailand, had you ever been there before?
Ryan Gosling: Yeah, I had been there before but it was strange to work there, I mean it’s very different than working here, it’s just so fun, and it’s such an interesting place. Just the environment contributed a lot to the atmosphere of the film.
Julia Melim: Why did you want to play a bad guy? What attracted you to this character?
Ryan Gosling: When you work with Nick, you don’t really know what’s going to happen because he makes his movies in chronological order. So I had a rough idea of the story, and I had read the script, but I knew from Drive that he was going to throw that out. So every day was something new. It less of a character in this film, and it’s more of a video game, it’s not a character, it’s more of an Avatar because it’s a vehicle for the audience to experience the movie, so it required not talking and not having a personal investment on what was going on, and being the eyes and ears of the audience, as part of this dream world that he was trying to create.
Julia Melim: I heard you kick some ass in the film too, did you have any martial arts training before this film?
Ryan Gosling: No, and I wasn’t very good at it, so I got my ass kicked for most of the film, actually. It’s funny because the trailer makes it look like I’m tough, but I’m not. People will be surprised when they see the film because I don’t fare very well in any of these fights.
Ryan jokes that the time the director allowed him to speak the most was during the film’s Q&A as opposed to the film itself (where he has many visual scenes with no dialogue). And Nick makes an analogy to his latest film: “If ‘Drive’ is like cocaine than ‘Only God Forgives’ is like acid.” Besides the fight scenes, there’s also some sword action, and a lot of blood. Don’t go see it if your stomach is not strong enough. Here’s the trailer of the film, so you can see if you have a taste for it.