September 15, 2011
Ryan Gosling On Drive: This Is My Superhero Movie
In Drive, director Nicolas Winding Refn's (Pusher, Bronson, Valhalla Rising) neo-noir thriller in theaters this week, Ryan Gosling plays an enigmatic outsider known only as "The Driver," a Hollywood stunt jockey who moonlights as a getaway wheel man for a local crime boss. Co-starring Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks, the film is a genre piece that evokes a long-gone era of car movies, with obvious antecedents like Walter Hill's The Driver and William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A. mixed with the dirty neon of a little-seen modern Los Angeles (Thom Anderson would approve) and set to a pulsing electronic score from Cliff Martinez and Johnny Jewel. We met with Gosling -- who looked like he'd just stepped straight off the electric pastel poster for his movie -- for a chat about Drive and working with Refn.