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Ryan Gosling Says 'Only God Forgives' Is A "Nightmare"; Says Terrence Malick Currently Editing Five Films

by Edward Davis
March 27, 2013 1:37 PM
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This week finally sees the limited release opening of "The Place Beyond The Pines," Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to “Blue Valentine" starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Dane DeHaan and many more. A searing drama about family and legacy, the movie earned a rare A-grade review from us when it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. We recently got the chance to sit down with Gosling (and most of the principal cast) of 'Pines' earlier this month and during our conversation with the "Drive" actor we also asked him about his upcoming directorial debut, his collaboration with Terrence Malick and more.

But the next time we'll see Gosling on screen is in the early summer, starring in "Only God Forgives," Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn's next reteam with the actor following "Drive." What can we expect from the movie about an English gangster in Thailand (Gosling) who sets out to avenge his murdered brother in a brutal story of rage, betrayal and the possibility of redemption? “It's very extreme,” the actor said. “It's part of the same dream as ‘Drive,’ but it's more of a nightmare than a dream but it's more extreme.”

Part of the film’s severity comes from the fact that Refn and Gosling were given carte blanche with no studio heads looking over their shoulders. “We shot it in Thailand and no one was watching,” he said. “So that's what happens when you let Nicolas loose in Thailand. There's no one around to put the reins on and he's completely unleashed.”

Gosling also had the chance to work with Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and more last summer in Terrence Malick's untitled drama centering around intersecting love triangles within the rock scene in Austin, Texas. The actor said Malick changed his approach this time and also suggested the filmmaker was working on more films than we know about. Malick used to write expansive, beautiful screenplays which he would then essentially discard when he got to set. This time, he didn’t even bother. “No there was no script,” the actor said when quizzed about it. “I think he used to have to write them and now I think they're onto the fact that he doesn't use them anyway so they're not requiring them.”

We asked which Malick film he was going to appear in – two pictures were shot last summer – and we had to double check because you can never be too sure who’s making a cameo where. “I'm in the music one. Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Val Kilmer, Patti Smith, Robert Plant, Johnny Rotten, the Black Lips, just I mean every day was unlike anything,” Gosling said.

So just two Malick films on the horizon? Guess again. Gosling suggests there’s more, hinting at the documentary “Voyage of Time” and possibly other projects we don’t know about . “He's doing more than two,” Gosling added. “He's cutting like five movies right now, one of which is about the creation of the universe that he's been working on for the last fifteen years but I'm not in that one I don't think.”

Somewhat cagey though, Gosling was even more reticent about his feature-length debut, "How To Catch A Monster" which will star Christina Hendricks. While a log-line is out, Gosling wouldn’t even commit to it, suggesting the film could change. “If I've learned anything from the great directors I've worked with it's that you are always making the film,” he said. “It's always evolving and it's not finished until you lock picture so I'm not sure what it will be.”

"The Place Beyond The Pines" opens in limited release this Friday March 28 and goes wide on April 12th. More from these interviews soon.

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  • D | March 28, 2013 1:16 AMReply

    I'm not sure "he's cutting like five movies right now" necessarily means he's cutting *exactly* five movies--notice the word "like"?

    I think it means "Malick is cutting a lot of movies at the moment."

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 27, 2013 5:35 PMReply

    here is the script

    http://www.mediafire dot com/view/?ni15n668i8a65hk

  • yer | March 27, 2013 4:49 PMReply

    The more Malick the better.

  • Paul Maher Jr | March 27, 2013 4:47 PMReply

    3 films in post-production; he may also mean the two films TM is executive producing, one on Abe Lincoln, the other on Great White Sharks.

  • Karen | March 27, 2013 3:14 PMReply

    Refn Unchained

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 27, 2013 5:36 PM

    http://www.mediafire dot com/view/?ni15n668i8a65hk

  • PM | March 27, 2013 3:13 PMReply

    What could be those 2 other projects beside Voyage of Time, Knight of cups and the untitled project???
    Is it possible that he is editing movies with things he filmed maybe back in the time he was living in Paris in the eighties? Who knows, maybe he never stopped filming even during those 20 years...

  • Jamie | March 27, 2013 2:53 PMReply

    I am looking forward to Only God Forgives I enjoyed Drive and the news that Only God Forgives is more extreme is interesting because I thought Drive was fairly extreme.

  • GERARD KENNELLY | March 27, 2013 5:36 PM

    http://www.mediafire dot com/view/?ni15n668i8a65hk

  • Eponymous | March 27, 2013 2:12 PMReply

    'The Place Beyond the Pines" is an utter piece of shit. Someone needs to take it to the woods and put a bullet in the back of its empty head.

  • Eponymous | March 27, 2013 3:22 PM

    Dear Oogle Monster,

    By "a real piece of work," I assume that you admire me as as much as you do Cianfrance's dunderheaded attempt at fashioning his very own "The Deer Hunter," correct? I'm not some sort of troll or anything, but if you put a guy in a Metallica t-shirt, then put him on a motorcycle, then have him rob banks on said motorcycle (and all in my birthplace, mind you!), and still don't have me on board, well, then you're doing something very wrong. But seriously, this is the kind of tin-eared film that has one character say to another, in all (self-)seriousness "if you ride like lightning, you're gonna crash like thunder" to a guy wearing a "Ride the Lightning" t-shirt. I mean, c'mon, really? This hack shouldn't even be allowed to *watch* films by Paul Thomas Anderson (from whom he lifted the use of Arvo Part's "Fratres" -- to ill effect, of course) or the perennially underrated Gray, let alone be referenced to them in an capacity. This is the sort of obvious and hamfisted dramaturgy that makes dumb people feel smart (i.e. "I get it! I get it!"). One of the worst American films I've seen in years.

  • oogle monster | March 27, 2013 2:29 PM

    Wow, you're a real piece of work. While I wasn't as enamored with it as The Playlist, I did see it as a really great film. I wouldn't say Cianfrance is quite in the same league as PTA (as suggested by The Playlist) but I do understand the James Gray comparisons. The film is great for at least the first half. I was utterly disappointed with the female characters though. Mendes was wrong for the part and Byrne barely figured into the story. DeHaan, Gosling, and Cooper were terrific. So was the baby!

  • bohmer | March 27, 2013 2:06 PMReply

    "the movie earned a rare A-grade review from us" guys seems to be the only ones to like it that much.

    Should we think that Malick is literally cutting five films or Gosling just meant he's cutting a lot of films these days?

  • spassky | March 27, 2013 1:54 PMReply

    "Patti" Smith

  • ericcasey | March 27, 2013 1:42 PMReply


  • droop | March 27, 2013 1:42 PMReply

    yeeessss malicks actually working on "voyage of time", thought it was pretty much dead, so fucking excited

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