(SPOT.ph) The shared space where we can all collectively go to for some sort of escape is back in full-swing, with the state of post-pandemic blockbuster cinema these days taking us to outer space, the sensational late-20th Century, and even the multiverse. However, we can't forget that first two-year period of the panini when we were able to get action-packed films delivered straight to home via all sorts of streaming platforms popping up.
The most notable streaming platform of which, Netflix, has not forgotten either. This week, they continue dropping massive movies on their new action/spy thriller The Gray Man from Captain America and Avengers directors Joe and Anthony Russo. We recently got to sit down with its star Ryan Gosling and ask him about the challenges of leading the film as its incredibly skillful action hero.
Here's what the cast and directors of The Gray Man had to say about filming Netflix's latest blockbuster:
In the film, Gosling portrays the titular "gray man" Six, the most elite and skilled assassin in the CIA's off-the-books team of mercenaries. We asked Gosling about the most challenging aspect of crafting a performance for a character who's incredibly precise and strategic with the punches he pulls.
“Just don’t hit the other actors, don’t hit the stunt people. You don’t want to do that," Gosling jokingly kicked off with. “It took a lot to find the style of fighting. I had an amazing stunt coordinator named Danny Hernandez and we spent months learning different styles of martial arts and figuring out and curating what would be the best style for me and style for the character. So much of the credit goes to him and to so many of the stunt performers who are making it look like I actually know what I’m doing.”
Gosling's antithesis in the film comes in the form of a mustached-up Chris Evans in the antagonist role of Lloyd Hansen. When asked about what he found most interesting about the dichotomy between the two elite black-ops agents, Gosling said:
“They couldn’t be more opposite. I think that’s what’s fun; Lloyd loves and relishes in this [assassin gig] and has always wanted to do this. He has so many romantic ideas of himself and what he’s doing, as well as these delusions of grandeur. Six just wants to be at home watching Netflix like the rest of us. He doesn’t want anything to have to do with this world. To him, people like Lloyd and their mindset are so far away from his that he can’t even understand them.”
You can see a clip of Gosling and Evans acting opposite each other in The Gray Man below.
We also were able to attend the film's global press conference, where Evans himself expounded upon that liberating feeling playing the villain. “Playing a villain is always a little bit more fun. You have a little bit more freedom. You get a lot more jokes.” He continued:
“Working with the Russo’s is what gives that sense of trust and freedom. You know, when you trust the filmmakers, you’re more willing to take risks and certainly a character like this demands risks. Without the Russo’s, and the relationship and rapport we have, I don’t know if I would have had such a rewarding experience.”
The directing duo known as the Russo Brothers, of course, are perhaps most recognized for their outings in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which include two Captain America films, as well as Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. At the press conference, the Russo Brothers talked about their latest foray into spy thrillers and what sets it apart from other films in the genre.
“It’s a modern story. [The James Bond franchise] is about sixty years old at this point, while [The Jason Bourne series] is about 20 years old. This film is connected in a lot of ways to some issues going on in the world right now. The character is exceedingly existential and quite funny. We just find that it fits our sense of humor. It’s the kind of film we feel would work well with today’s audiences.”
The Russo's have assembled a cast that also includes Ana de Armas, Regé-Jean Page, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfre Woodard, Jessica Henwick, and Indian blockbuster star Dhanush. A fittingly star-studded event for a huge, globe-trotting feature.
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