Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Darker Place Ryan Gosling on What It Was like Going to That 'Place beyond the Pines'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

A Darker Place Ryan Gosling on What It Was like Going to That 'Place beyond the Pines'

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PHILADELPHIA

It got a little out of control," Ryan Gosling says about the abundant tattooage he's sporting in "The Place Beyond the Pines." A top hat, a Bible, an owl, twin boxers, a snake, a three-masted schooner, letters on his knuckles: H-A-N-D on one hand, S-O-M-E on the other.

And on his face, just beneath his left eye, a dagger with a drop of blood.

"The idea was to create this portrait of someone that was basically like a melting pot of masculine cliches," says the actor, whose character, Luke, is a stunt motorcyclist in a traveling carnival. He rolls into Schenectady, N.Y., and discovers that he's fathered a child with a diner waitress (Eva Mendes) he'd met the previous year, and then decides he's going to be a real dad, settle down, raise the kid.

Which requires money.

Which requires robbing banks.

"Tattoos, motorcycles, muscles, knives, guns - he's this surface idea of what a man is," Gosling explains. "And then, when he's presented with his child, it's like a mirror is held up to him, and he realizes that he's not a man at all."

"The Place Beyond the Pines," an epic undertaking in three parts - Bradley Cooper takes the baton from Gosling for the middle section - is directed by Derek Cianfrance, who guided Gosling and Michelle Williams through the romantic crash-up "Blue Valentine." In "Pines," Gosling, his hair peroxide blond, rides a motorcycle like a demon. He trained with Rick Miller, the Hollywood stunt cyclist.

"He's the best motorcycle man in the business," the actor says. "You know, when Batman rides a motorcycle, it's Rick Miller in the suit."

But when Luke rides a motorcycle in" Pines," it's Gosling in the torn T-shirt and jeans. One drive-up/stick-up/getaway sequence was filmed 22 times, with Gosling revving his custom machine down main streets and back alleys, weaving between trucks and cars. …

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