‘I know from being a guy and looking at billboard and you’re like: “That guy’s not a sex symbol. They’re trying to sell that on us? No way! That’s never gonna stick! …and then suddenly he’s like a huge deal and you can’t believe it. I used to hate on those guys and now I am one.’ - Ryan Gosling
The whole idea for this opening chase was, I called it “diver in the ocean of sharks”, that to do a car chase but you never leave the car. Essentially, you’re always seeing it from his perspective or his aura. A bit like when you would see a scene with a diver in the ocean, you would only see it from his point of view and then you knew the sharks was all around him and so you knew when they were gonna come. -Nicolas Winding Refn
I love being Canadian. I think growing up in Canada gives you a world perspective that I certainly enjoy.
Ryan Gosling’s reactions when girls scream at him.
Cianfrance was adamant not to let production designers dig the hole for Ryan in the scene where Dean is burying his dog. Ryan dug it himself and an hour and a half later, “when he was done digging the hole, he broke down. And that was an unscripted scene, him crying at the table. He was actually so emotional and what he told me afterwards was that, that process tricked his body because his body was so exhausted and his body didn’t know that that wasn’t his dog. His body just buried his dog, and his body reacted in that way.”