Ryan Gosling’s The Place Beyond the Pines sees him reunite with Derek Cianfrance, who directed him in the drama Blue Valentine.
In the new film, the Canadian actor plays Luke, a stunt rider who turns to robbing banks as a way to support his girlfriend and child. It's a heroic bad boy role that appealed to the actor, who recently appeared in Drive and The Ides of March.
"I always wanted to rob banks, but I was scared to so I would never do it," Gosling told CBC News during an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Cianfrance likes everything to be as authentic as possible, so he cast real bank tellers for the robbery scenes, Gosling added. The director also loves Method acting and urged his actors to live their roles.
"Working with Derek is unlike anything else," Gosling notes. "He’s encouraging everyone to not play scenes, but just to live through the experiences of these characters."
Gosling talked to CBC about the pleasures of playing a bank robber and working with Rick Miller, the stuntman who coached him on riding motorbikes for The Place Beyond the Pines.