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Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are getting crazy Oscar buzz for La La Landa film that stands largely on the shoulders of their chemistry. And fans will remember the first time that the two shared the screen: Crazy Stupid Love. They also played love interests in that film, and one of their most memorable scenes is when they recreate the lift from Dirty Dancing. It's a pretty fun and romantic scene, made all the more fun when you learn that Emma Stone admits that she had a meltdown and a double had to take her place for her. Don't worry, she's not a diva; it's the funny type of meltdown. Both Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were guests on The Graham Norton Showwhere the host brought up the numerous times that they've been in movies together.
In " The Place Beyond the Pines ," Ryan Gosling steps into the Metallica shirts and bleach-blond hair of Luke, a stunt bike driver who turns to high-speed bank heists to support his family, and while the actor himself isn't able to drive a motocross bike in a steel globe of death with two other riders, the movie wouldn't give you that impression.
That's because of the impressive stunt work from professionals like Brian Smyj and Gosling's double, Rick Miller. MTV News spoke with Smyj, who's currently working on the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," about what it took to turn Gosling into a professional stunt biker, or at least an onscreen one.
The training process for Gosling was a surprisingly labored and slow one, and not because of the actor's capabilities on two wheels, but because of the cost of insuring one of Hollywood's biggest stars. Given the modest budget of "The Place Beyond the Pines," the production and its insurers couldn't afford to take huge risks with a star of Gosling's stature, so the stunt training process happened in small steps.
It was little increments, tiny increments. Then when they felt comfortable, they went, 'OK, that's as fast as you can go.
Once Gosling reached his maximum speeds, rehearsals for his most dangerous bike stunt began. After a poorly executed bank robbery, Luke flees on his bike through the streets of Schenectady, narrowly avoiding both police and civilian cars.
To perfect the sequence, director Derek Cianfrance and the crew rented out a local airport in which to rehearse the complex chase.
The final shot would require Gosling to actually cross a crowded intersection between dozens of moving cars, as he's chased by Bradley Cooper's character. We got all of the cars exactly where they needed to be, and then we did it with Ryan at very slow speeds and worked up," Smyj said.
There were different beats within the chase that Ryan was part of. The big sequence was getting him through the intersection. Both leading men performed a good portion of their own driving, something that was not lost on Smyj as a stunt professional.
He was pretty safe. Ryan was not so safe," he said. Check out everything we've got on "The Place Beyond the Pines.