Ryan Gosling’s fantasy isn’t what we expected, but it somehow makes him that much more adorable. The actor admitted in a recent interview that while we all fantasize about being him, he fantasizes about being a bank robber.
The 32-year-old Canadian heartthrob plays a stunt driver and criminal in his most recent film, the critically-acclaimed The Place Beyond the Pines directed by Derek Cianfrance. The film features Gosling’s character resorting to bank robbery to support his son, and the actor admitted that performing a raid is something he fantasizes about himself.
“I’ve always had this fantasy about robbing banks, but I’m scared of jail. I’ll never do it, but I would if I didn’t have to go to jail,” Gosling admits.
Though he’d like to experience the thrill for real, he accepts that he’s come as close as he’ll ever get with his career as an actor. The bank robbery scenes in the film starred real bank customers for authenticity.
“We shot all the bank robberies in one take so I got to have as close to the real experience as possible, as close as I’m ever going to get,” he said. “I got it out of my system. I’m too afraid of jail.”
Gosling also joked that he wasn’t completely comfortable with the amount of tattoos he had to wear for his character, motorcyclist Luke Glanton. Of particular note, Gosling wore a tattoo under his left eye of a dagger dripping blood.
Such tattoos, insisted on by Cianfrance, left Gosling feeling “embarrassed.”
“I regret the face tattoo. All the tattoos I wear in the movie — I don’t know how necessary they are, but they were a part of trying to understand this character.
“What’s interesting about working with Derek is that you’re not allowed to take your decisions lightly… So then I had to go through the whole film with that tattoo on my face and I regretted it the whole time. I was so ashamed I couldn’t look in the mirror. I just felt embarrassed.”
Have you seen The Place Beyond the Pines? You can read our own Niki Cruz’s review here, or watch the trailer below: