INTERVIEW WITH RYAN GOSLING:
Whats the craziest thing youve done for love?
I don't know. I think that maybe it's this film.
Who were you trying to impress with this?
Oh, I don't know. My mother.
Had you read the book before shooting this movie? What was the attraction to this role?
I hadn't read the book. It was so different from anything that I'd done up to that point. The character was very different as well. I felt that it was a very important character for me to play.
Whats the key to keeping a love story fresh?
Well, we weren't trying to reinvent anything here. I liked the character. I knew that the story was pretty sort of an old fashioned love story, but I thought that he was pretty interesting. I don't know much about it, and I haven't seen too many films in this genre. It's kind of interesting though because my crazy behavior is romantic. Whereas in any other film, if you've got a character who wrote three hundred and sixty five letters to a girl that he barely knows - all of them unreturned - and then builds a house for her, and he really doesn't know her anymore and then essentially pretends that he lives in the house with her, they're going to lock this guy up in any other movie.
Did you research the 1940s and did having the story set in that era make it easier to play the role?
It made more interesting to play, I think. I don't think that its because it was the 40s. I think that there's just something about this genre where it allows for that kind of character. I feel like I've played characters with that kind of passion before, but their passion is always repaid with jail time or death. So in this one, he gets the girl and that's the way that it ought to be, if you ask me.
Did you have to throw logic out the window and play it as a fairy tale?
Yeah. Well, it's a fairy tale to me. I think that when I've heard stories like that, I've always kind of thought of them as science fiction, really. But there's a challenge in trying to find the truth in that. I thought that was interesting for me.
When Rachel McAdams auditioned with you, did you know right away she was the one for the part?
I think that it's pretty fair to say that we probably wouldn't have made the film if we hadn't found Rachel. It was something that was really a stretch for me and I was telling Nick [Cassavetes] that I was really the wrong guy for the movie. And he didn't seem to think so, and he had a lot of convincing arguments. I said okay. Really, Allie drives the movie. It's her movie and we're in it. It all kind of depended on an actress.
Why didnt you think you were right for the part?
I'm just not like a romantic lead, and I've never really done that kind of thing. The whole thing just felt completely like I was the wrong guy for it. But Nick explained to me.
When you auditioned with Rachel, was that the moment you knew it was going to work?
Yeah. I don't know anything about women and I don't think that Nick does either. And all of these girls who were coming in, we weren't making the film, we were just sort of auditioning to see if we could find a girl and all of the girls, some of them were really good, but they all kept asking us what we thought, like, What do you think I should do? What do you think? We were like, I don't know. The only thing I know about women is that they're all different. So don't ask me. And so Rachel sort of came in at the end and she was the only one who when we asked if she had questions, said no. We said, Do you know this girl? She said, Yeah. We said, Do you want to talk about her? And she said, No. Lets just do it. We were like, Whoa, and she wiped the tears off of her face and left. We said, Okay, there's the movie. The movie is her.