Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe To Empire!
Save up to 69%
Empire
Film Studies 101
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
TODAY
New Magic Mike XXL Trailer Struts Onstage
It's not bro time, it's showtime
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
22 April 2015
Marisa Tomei Joins The Big Short
Adam McKay's ensemble just got even bigger
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Lost River (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Seduced And Abandoned (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Only God Forgives (2013)
Empire Star Rating
The Place Beyond The Pines (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Gangster Squad (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Nicolas Winding Refn Talks Drive
Nicolas Winding Refn Talks Drive
Empire sits down with him at Big Screen

13 August 2011  |  Written by Ali Plumb  

submit to reddit

Nicholas Winding Refn at Big Screen

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."

"He was all professional, but I was sitting and I couldn’t move. He’d seen all my films and knew a lot about them, and he wanted to do a movie called Drive based on this very good book. It was like a blind date, and I was just wanting to say 'When can we leave?'"

"Eventually I asked him, “Would you please take me home?” I was too sick to take a taxi, you see. In the car, another awkward silence."

'Can't Fight This Feeling' by REO Speedwagon came on the radio. Then suddenly, here I was in Ryan’s car, crying to this song on the radio. I was singing, “I can’t fight this feeling any more!”, banging my fists against my legs to the drum solo. I was having all this emotional catharsis, and I screamed in Ryan’s face, “I GOT IT, I KNOW WHAT DRIVE IS! He drives around in cars at night and his emotional relief is pop music. So that’s why I made the movie.”

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.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Big Screen: Friday's TV Panel
Sherlock and Merlin sessions in full
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

Brilliant
Saw Drive recently at a special preview and it really was something special. Some of the violent scenes are, in places, difficult to watch but its for a film about a man who is only emotional when he drives, it is a film that is driven by emotion. Ryan Gosling also gives a fantastic performance; possibly his best ever. Oscar noms on the way (not a snack). More

Posted by Indiana Tash at 21:00 on 15 August 2011 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
General Election 2015 Photoshop Special: Empire's Movie Cabinet
Vote for Smaug!

Chris Rock: Role By Role
The comedian talks us through his hits and misses

Film Studies 101: Being A Location Manager
Avengers: Age Of Ultron's Jamie Lengyel shares the tricks of the trade

10 Avengers: Age Of Ultron Secrets
Exclusive: Joss Whedon spills the beans on Empire's spoiler podcast

Updated! Stan Lee’s Marvel-lous Cameos – Now With Even More Cameos
From Daredevil to... Daredevil?

11 Of The Silliest Sesame Street Film Parodies
From Aveggies: Age Of Ultron to Big Birdman (and back again)

Richard Armitage Bids Farewell To The Hobbit
On goat-riding, keepsakes and saying goodbye to Thorin

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Subscribe now and save up to 70%

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire Digital Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe now and save up to 69%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)