This is the second time Ryan Gosling and director Derek Cianfrance have teamed up together, the first being the critically acclaimed 'Blue Valentine', which garnered Michelle Williams a Best Actress Oscar nomination. Now, they add Bradley Cooper to the mix, and the film is called 'The Place Beyond the Pines'. Movieline sat down with Cianfrance and Gosling for an interview after the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The film involves quite a bit of motorcycle riding, and when Ryan was asked if he did all of his own stunts, he replied that "No, in scenes like that where Derek planned them as one shot, I had to do them. But there were a lot of things that the stunt driver Rick Miller did. When Batman gets on a motorcycle [in The Dark Knight films], that’s Rick Miller in the suit. He ‘s the best that there is. He and I rode motorcycles for a few months beforehand. And he showed me the best that he could. But these things take a lifetime to learn. I did my best, but my best wasn’t good enough."
He also talks about the scare factor involving motor bikes, and how he's always wanted motorcycles ever since he was a kid. “I think you need it a little bit [of fea]. Once you lose the fear, you got to get off it because then your mind starts to wonder and you get in trouble. But when I was a kid, I was walking to school and saw this guy on a motorcycle get hit by a car. He was laying on the ground, and I looked at him and he had blood coming out of his head. And my first thought was, I’ve got to get a motorcycle. Motorcycles put some kind of spell on you. It’s dangerous.”
The duo also discusses casting in the film, and whether they would like to work together again. Both say they would love to work together again, but there's nothing immediate in the pipeline. 'The Place Beyond the Pines' co-stars Eva Mendes, Greta Gerwig, Bradley Cooper, and Ray Liotta.