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Gosling Film Booed At Cannes Film Festival

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Ryan Gosling is a well-known Golden God these days, so it comes as a surprise that his film, “Only God Forgives”, was met not only with mixed reviews at Cannes this week, it was actually booed by the audience.

Gosling couldn’t attend the festival this year because of a commitment to “How To Catch A Monster”, which he’s directing right now in Detroit. Luckily, he wasn’t there to hear the bad reaction, because I’m willing to bet there’s nothing sadder than a sad Ryan Gosling.

“Can’t believe I’m not In Cannes,” Gosling wrote in a note to Cannes director Thierry Fremaux. “I was hoping to come but I’m on week three shooting my film in Detroit. Miss you all. Nicolas, my friend, we really are the same person in different dimensions. I’m sending you good vibrations.”

The movie is

described as a bloody noir, about a boxing club owner whose mother wants him to avenge his brother’s murder. It is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who paired up with Gosling for “Drive”. That film won him the Best Director prize in 2011. This year, he’s not having such luck. Some viewers said they were turned off by the graphic violence in the movie.

“Art is an act of violence,” Refn said. “Art is about penetration. … I approach things very much like a pornographer. It’s about what arouses me. And certain things turn me on more than other stuff, and I can’t supress that. … I have surely a fetish for violent emotion and violent images and I can’t explain where it comes from.”

Gosling Film Booed At Cannes Film Festival
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  • SFAnnie

    Ew….just EW. The whole statement about the pornography was just creepy, and shows where the movie business is trending. So trashy anymore. I’d boo it too.

    • Jeanne

      I couldn’t agree with you more SFAnnie. How sad that they have to stoop so low like that. Good for the people who booed. Need more booing and less praising.

  • http://digitalshortbread.com Tom

    Give me a break. Artists will do and say what artists will do and say. His comparisons to pornography are stylistic only. And don’t tell me you didn’t think at least certain parts of Drive were just pure strokes of genius. I can’t imagine how this new film is going to be much different. Maybe more violent sure, but this will be no Passion of the Christ. Audiences seemed to be just fine with that level of violence, though.

  • Jeanne

    I myself have not seen Passion of Christ and wouldn’t see it either. I read the Bible and that’s enough for me.

  • Stephanie

    It honestly was one movie. I don’t get why everyone is becoming so angry with the entire entertainment industry.
    Just because some of you don’t like all that violent stuff.. Kids do. They like seeing graphic things. Maybe they won’t see this movie in particular, but they do like seeing it.
    About the line with the pornographer- He was making a connection or something to describe what he does. He’s saying that when people are making the videos, they enjoy it. They get excited about how it’s going to turn out and that’s exactly how he was. He was getting excited about how much he enjoyed his movie that was being made.
    The article isn’t trying to say that he’s trying to make his movies as graphic as porn, but he wants you guys to get the picture during his movie.

  • Laura

    What? This guy needs serious therapy. He forgot he is making a movie for a audience, not for himself. This movie is going to attract pedafiles, murderers and weirdos. Great going!

  • Bill Shelton

    Just show the state of America now. Our morals have fallen so low that just about anything is acceptable. To the majority of Americans these types of movies are so offensive it makes me wonder how anyone can sit through them.