Ah yes, and the greatest cinematic bromance of this generation continues. After falling in love with one another whilst filming Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling have taken their simpatico onto Only God Forgives—which will premiere at Cannes this week. The actor turned actor/director Gosling and the filmmaker known for his violently stylish and visceral films are a match made in a film fantasy world, and after much talk about Refn’s Logan’s Run remake, it was a shame to hear back in October that Gosling would be dropping out the picture.
Refn: Um…I think the best way for me to answer that is to say I can’t answer that because…It’s easier for me to answer what I don’t like about movies. And for me to answer that is just to say…Nothing.Gosling: Well, I think, not to keep harping on the same note, I think…Well, for instance when I was in the fourth grade, maybe even… I forget what year, but it was sometime in junior school that I first saw First Blood and it kinda put me under a spell. I believed I was Rambo, and I filled my Fisher-Price Houdini Kit up with steak knives and took it into school and tried throwing them at some of the kids during recess. I didn’t hurt anybody, thank god, and I learned my lesson, you know, I’m sorry that I did it… But films have such a powerful affect on me, they always have done. I’ve tried to control that but I don’t think I’ve ever really managed to. But I don’t think I’m alone in recognising that.