Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, and Matt Smith are professionals — actors who have made it their life’s work to create emotion and depth from words on a page. But for Ryan Gosling, their director on Lost River, he needed just a bit more. So he asked them to write down their dreams and use them to connect to the story. Hopefully the story gave some leeway to connect to showing up naked for the first day of school.
In an interview with The Creators Project, Gosling explained his choice to get dreamy:
That’s a style of acting that’s pretty popular right now, where actors use their dreams to connect whatever material they’re working on. I wasn’t sure about it—you know, you chum the waters and see what you can get. But it just played into the overall themes and narrative of the movie, which was about a woman whose dream was turning into a nightmare, and I thought that the film should have that same quality. I thought we could explore that privately and then in a literal way. I know that sounds kooky, but it’s like a symbol to represent a lot of things, and it gives you a shorthand. We tried it, and it came in handy a few times. I’ve also never said the word kooky before, so that’s a first.
I think a lot of us know what our dream journals would look like if we were working with Ryan Gosling.
Hopefully she made up some good cover stories.
Gosling also addressed the less-than-stellar reviews the movie has been getting:
Well… high school kind of prepares you for all this shit. It’s not that different, really. In high school every time you stuck your neck out there was always a bunch of people there ready to chop your head off. Hollywood’s not different. It’s just their opinion of the film, and my opinion of their reviews is “two thumbs down.”
Put that in your dream journals and smoke it, critics.
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