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Gosling takes stunt-driving lessons

Published 19/05/2011 | 11:33

Ryan Gosling was happy to throw himself into stunts for his film Drive
Ryan Gosling was happy to throw himself into stunts for his film Drive

Ryan Gosling delighted his "car-phobic" director by taking stunt-driving lessons for his role as a getaway driver in his new film.

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The Canadian actor teams up with Never Let Me Go star Carey Mulligan in Drive, which is about a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a driver-for-hire for the Los Angeles underworld.

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn said he was excited when he saw Ryan get behind the wheel - especially because the filmmaker himself cannot drive.

Winding Refn told Screen magazine: "I've tried eight times to get a licence and I've been in three car crashes.

"Maybe I'm car-phobic."

The film, which also stars Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks, is in the running for this year's Palme d'Or.

Ryan and Nicolas also bonded over an unlikely affection for middle-of-the-road American rockers REO Speedwagon.

The actor was giving the director a lift home after their first meeting when the band's hit Can't Fight This Feeling came on the radio and the director started to sing along. Ryan said: "I knew in that moment that Nicolas was the right filmmaker for the film."

Carey Mulligan said she campaigned to get the part after she saw Bronson - Winding Refn's bio-pic of Welsh criminal Michael Peterson who changed his name to Charles Bronson in prison - and was impressed by his work.

She was also impressed with her co-star Ryan, saying: "Ryan's got this sort of lone cowboy thing and the minute the camera turns on, he's like this knight."

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