From co-starring with Hollywood heavy hitters like George Clooney to filming his newest movie, The Gangster Squad, with Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling looks poised to be the next big name in movies. In Touch caught up with Ryan to talk about his latest film, Drive.
“When I read this script and I was looking at this character’s behavior – he was going around acting like a maniac – I thought, ‘This is somebody who has seen too many movies,'" he explained. "He basically started to become the hero of the movie of his life. I thought that could be implemented into this script, but I needed a director that could help me achieve that.”
Ryan, with the support of producer Marc Platt, was given the opportunity to produce and find the right director for the film. He chose Nicolas Winding Refn. “I wanted this movie to be something that had personality and an identity, and that you wanted to be in the movie theater to see. I was watching his films and seeing that they were like the Grimm’s brothers fairy tales. They’re also very personal. I appreciate how personal his films are, and that they have a real identity.”
But it wasn’t easy getting Drive made. “This movie wouldn’t have happened, if REO Speedwagon hadn’t come on the radio when I was driving Nicolas home from our first terrible meeting. No one was getting any action. So, we wanted to just go home. Suddenly, REO Speedwagon [“Can’t Fight This Feeling”] came on the radio, and he started crying, and then he started singing the song, at the top of his lungs. He said, ‘This is it. This movie is about a guy who can’t feel anything, unless he’s driving around, listening to pop music.’ The movie was conceived in my car. It had this dreamlike quality, while we were shooting it. It was a very unique movie-making experience.”
Drive is in theaters now. And watch out for Ryan’s next film, The Ides of March, starring George Clooney, opening October 7.