‘Drive’ heartthrob Ryan Gosling gives an entertaining insight into the perils of the Hollywood audition [x]
Tribute to one of my favorite films in the last decade, “Drive”. This is the main character played by Ryan Gosling: the Driver. Is one of those films where the photography and the soundtrack really captivated my senses.
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A lot of those scenes [in ‘Pines’] were all done in one take. There’s the scene where he’s riding away and he speeds through an intersection and almost gets clipped—that was [Ryan Gosling], right?
Cianfrance: Yeah… There were certain scenes I couldn’t hide a stunt double on, and in that scene he had to rob a bank, jump on his motorcycle, and blow through an intersection with 36 cars. It is terrifying, and he had to do it 22 times before he got it right. When I get nervous I chew my shirt, and that day I was so scared for him that I chewed a giant hole in my shirt by the end of that day. I wanted the film to be dangerous, but I also didn’t want to kill Ryan Gosling! No way. But between every take I asked him if hecould do it, and he said he could. Ryan had eight weeks of training from Rick Miller, who was Ryan’s stunt double. When we first started production, Rick said Ryan was at a three out of 10. Rick thought he could get him to a three and a half, maybe a four. He said, “Look, this is like if you want to be in the NBA—you have to start shooting hoops from the time you’re six years old.” I said, “Well, we only have eight weeks, so do what you can.” The day before production I asked Rick where Ryan got to, and he said he got to a seven. To me, that speaks to the magic of Ryan Gosling and his ability to do things that normal people like me could never do.
“Poets often describe love as an emotion that we can’t control, one that overwhelms logic and common sense. That’s what it was like for me. I didn’t plan on falling in love with you, and I doubt if you planned in falling in love with me. But once we met, it was clear that neither of us could control what was happening to us. We fell in love, despite our differences, and once we did, something rare and beautiful was created. For me, love like that has happened only once, and that’s why every minute we spent together has been seared in my memory. I’ll never forget a single moment of it.”
Interview Magazine, 2002