We're not squeamish here at Empire. After all, already at Big Screen we've been shown the first scene of Final Destination 5, and believe us, it's not for the faint of heart.
But today's exclusive Drive clip of Ryan 'Baby Goose' Gosling getting a little bit brutal with a elevator companion – just moments after kissing Irene (Carey Mulligan) – really did, for want of a better word, stick the boot in.
For those of you who haven't checked out the trailer for the critically-acclaimed thriller, please do so below, as it really is something special – and something pretty gosh darn violent.
After we saw the clip, Cannes-award-winning director Nicolas Winding Refn, the man who previously brought us Bronson and Valhalla Rising, had a chat with Empire's man Damon Wise on stage, and this is an amazing anecdote he told us...
“I was originally set to do a movie with Harrison Ford where he plays a secret agent who dies at the end – but seeing that through wasn't going to work… So while I was working on these things, I got a call from Ryan Gosling. I’d never met him, but he asked if I would meet him, and I said yes."
"And so I went to meet him, but strangely, I had got a very high fever flying in and so I was taking these anti-flu things, and these American anti-flu things are strong. Basically, I was high as a kite, like I was on morphine or heroin or something, couldn't say a sentence at this restaurant with Ryan."
Simple as that really. He finished off his Big Screen chat with this little nugget: "Drive is very exciting, simple, only 90 minutes long, and I'm actually very pleased with it."
Lovely stuff! So look forward to your dose of Ryan kicking ass and driving like a maniac in Drive come September 23.