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Actor Ryan Gosling poses at the gala presentation for the film "The Place Beyond The Pines" at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival September 7, 2012. (MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS)
Actor Ryan Gosling poses at the gala presentation for the film "The Place Beyond The Pines" at the 37th Toronto International Film Festival September 7, 2012. (MIKE CASSESE/REUTERS)

Ryan Gosling says working with director Derek Cianfrance changed his life Add to ...

Ryan Gosling says working with filmmaker Derek Cianfrance has been a life-altering experience.

The Oscar-nominated heart-throb from London, Ont., paired up with Brooklyn-based Cianfrance for a second time on The Place Beyond the Pines, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday.

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Their first collaboration was the lauded 2010 relationship drama Blue Valentine, which earned co-star Michelle Williams an Oscar nomination.

In an interview Saturday, Gosling gushed about Cianfrance’s ability to create a sense of realism on set, noting he lets his actors spend a lot of time bonding in their surroundings.

“These films have changed my life and they have changed me as an actor,” he said, wearing black jeans and a black form-fitting T-shirt emblazoned with the words “Halloween Haunt.”

Gosling’s grown even more fond of Cianfrance’s process now that he’s about to embark on his own directorial debut with How to Catch A Monster.

“As I go to approach making my own film, I’m even more in awe of how he does it, because the filmmaking is invisible and yet it’s such a cinematic film. You don’t see the effort. It feels effortless and yet it’s completely the opposite,” said Gosling.

“And the performances, everybody’s great in the film: people who haven’t acted, people who have acted, everyone does their best work in his films. I was thinking about how I would use his process with actors myself but then I realized last night that I’ve actually never seen him work with the other actors,” continued Gosling, who also wrote How to Catch A Monster and has cast Christina Hendricks, his co-star from last year’s Drive.

“I’ve made two movies with him and it’s always private and I only know my experience of working with Derek.”

Cianfrance directed and co-wrote The Place Beyond the Pines, an epic crime thriller that stars Gosling as a motorcycle stuntman who starts robbing banks to provide for his infant son and his former flame, played by Eva Mendes.

The noir-ish drama takes a sharp turn when Gosling’s character encounters a rookie cop, played by Bradley Cooper.

Other co-stars include Rose Byrne and Ray Liotta.

 

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