Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone reunite for crazy, stupid love scenes
BY CINDY PEARLMAN January 3, 2013 7:54PM
EMMA STONE as Grace Faraday and RYAN GOSLING as Sgt. Jerry Wooters in Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ drama “GANGSTER SQUAD,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
Updated: February 7, 2013 6:21AM
LOS ANGELES — When Ryan Gosling arrives at a hotel for interviews, many of his fans gathered outside the hotel don’t even notice the unassuming guy in jeans, a plaid shirt and tasteful facial stubble.
That’s a shame. “What I appreciate the most is when someone says, ‘I really liked you in that movie.’ Then we can have a discussion about it. That means the world to me,” says the soft-spoken 32-year-old from Ontario, Canada.
Don’t think he’s that serious all of the time. “What was your question again?” he asks, powering through a long day of press. “Sorry, I just had a Red Bull. I need to focus.”
Catch Gosling’s exchanges with Emma Stone, co-star of his new movie “Gangster Squad” (opening Friday), and it sounds like some movie banter.
Did he have an issue re-teaming with his love interest in 2011’s “Crazy, Stupid, Love?”
“I really did this film because Emma owes me money,” Gosling says. “The only way I can try to get back that cash is to do movies with her. I guess I have to keep doing movies with her because she still hasn’t paid.
“I’m glad to finally be able to talk about it,” he says with a fake sniff.
Stone’s rebuttal: “Did I like working with Ryan again? The answer is no.”
She laughs, which suggests that she might be protesting a little too much.
Directed by Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”), “Gangster Squad” traces the LAPD’s secret fight to kick East Coast Mafia chiefs including Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) out of Los Angeles during the 1940s and 1950s.
“I realized that I was never going to get a Tommy gun,” Gosling says. “I thought for sure that I’d have one, but I got this little lady gun for the film because Josh Brolin hogged the Tommy guns.”
Gosling plays Sgt. Jerry Wooters, a good guy with a daredevil mentality and hot temper. He is based on a real-life LAPD gangster fighter from the time period.
“It’s important to note that the man himself was much braver than the version of him that I play in the film, which we changed for dramatic purposes,” he says.
To research the role, Gosling says that he did more than just watch “Goodfellas” a time or two.
“I found a picture of my real-life counterpart and met with some of his family members,” he says. “His kid even came to the set and told me a lot of great stories.
“Apparently, his dad would ash his cigarettes in the cuff of his pants and then at the end of the day he would dump his pants,” Gosling says. “I thought that was such an interesting detail.”
His dapper gangster garb informed his character. “You might have noticed my high-pitched voice,” he says. “It was more of a wardrobe issue. The clothes and the wool hats were quite itchy. I had an itch and a rash most of the time.
“I guess I channeled that into my hatred of gangsters.”
The good news is he gets to steal Cohen’s gangster girlfriend, played by Stone. The two have some steamy love scenes, which Gosling admits were a bit of a struggle for both.
“The true worst part was that it was hard for us to be serious. We had made this comedy together,” he says. “In real life, we’re just a couple of knuckleheads.
“Honestly,” he adds, “I thought it would be fun to work together again and we were trying to be serious. We have some pretty good love scenes, and I was trying to be like Humphrey Bogart.”
Gosling always loved movies and movie stars. As a kid growing up in Ontario, he was home schooled, but he later attended public high school and found drama and fine arts.
The movies “put a spell on me as a kid. I’d walk out of the theater feeling different. Even my body felt different. I’d leave pretending I was Rambo or Indiana Jones.”
He has a lengthy list of upcoming projects including “Only God Forgives” about a Bangkok police lieutenant and a gangster. He will also star in an untitled project with Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. The film revolves around love triangles set against the music scene of Austin, Texas.
In his off hours, Gosling hangs out with girlfriend Eva Mendes, his co-star in the upcoming “The Place Behind the Pines.” Talk of their relationship is strictly off limits, but the photo ops say it all.
Gosling would rather talk shop.
“People ask me about being busy, but it feels good,” he says. “It also feels like life is different now. I don’t know why, but I feel more creative. I want to play more characters. I want to play everybody.”
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