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Nicolas Winding Refn: My Life In 15 Geeky Objects
The Only God Forgives director takes us to Forbidden Planet (and back)

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When Nicolas Winding Refn isn’t busy crafting beautiful, violent nightscapes and filling them with Ryan Gosling, he’s a fully paid-up member of the global geek community whose home is a treasure trove of collectibles. “My wife is like, ‘I’m married to a ten year-old!’,” he laughs. Don’t tell Mrs Refn but with Only God Forgives in cinemas, we decided to take him on a tour of Forbidden Planet, a geek haven barely an unobtainium nugget’s throw from Empire HQ. He was charged with walking us through his favourite toys, comics and collectibles in an Aladdin’s cave that’s played a big part in his life. “I grew up in New York,” Refn explains, “and I used to hang out in Forbidden Planet on Broadway and 12th Street. My parents were into Truffaut and Godard, and I was rebelling against them. I’m not sure what I’d have done if they’d been into Jimi Hendrix…”

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Only God Forgives is in cinemas on August 2.

With thanks to Jon Harrison, Toby Millard and the team at Forbidden Planet, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue. 

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