How to Catch a Monster

The Place Beyond the Pines

Ryan Gosling seems to have a perfect love triangle going on. With Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) and Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine), he couldn’t ask for better collaborators. Refn and Gosling made The Driver an instant icon of a character while Cianfrance and Gosling delivered on one of the most critically acclaimed films in the past few years with Blue Valentine. Obviously those filmmakers are people one would to surrounded themselves with after such positive experiences, which is exactly what Gosling has done. With Derek Cianfrance’s followup to Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, Gosling continues to work in an environment that allows for big gambles. Those gambles include ridiculous facial tattoos and other foolish decisions that Cianfrance made Gosling live with. Here’s what the actor had to say about his directorial partnerships, being open to mistakes, and his upcoming directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster.

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Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks

And you thought the most lasting piece from Drive was that tragic scorpion jacket hanging in your closet and all those College jams blasting out of your stereo! Turns out, the modern noir from Nicholas Winding Refn might have lit a fire in the belly of real human being and real hero Ryan Gosling, who has today announced details on his directorial debut, which will share both the fantasy noir nature of Drive and one of its leading ladies. Drive co-star Christina Hendricks will star in the Gosling-penned and -directed How to Catch a Monster, a film that will reportedly combine “elements of fantasy noir, and suspense into a modern day fairytale.” Monster is “set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, [where] Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery, if their family is to survive.” Producer Marc Platt describes the script as “beautifully haunting,” which sounds like a nice way to describe something that sounds just a bit bonkers but potentially wonderful.

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