Ryan Gosling couldn't be at Comic-Con to talk about his upcoming thriller Drive, but his beautiful costar, Carey Mulligan, was on hand to discuss both him and what it was like to play his love interest. Another costar, Ron Perlman, and director Nicolas Winding Refn were also there to talk about the car-centric action movie. Despite Gosling's absence, we still got to see some of the actor via some footage of the film that showed it to be intense, sexy, and pretty gory. Check out some of the choice details from the panel.
- Mulligan was asked about her part in the movie, and she declared that her job was to "fall in love with Ryan Gosling . . . rough." Gushing about what a nice guy he is, she said that he showed up to the set after having studied everything about cars and was the hit of the production. She said "everyone fell in love with him." It's hard to believe, I know.
- The footage we saw provided the tone for the film: dark but seductive. Gosling's character discovers a hit has been placed on him, and in the scene we saw, he goes head to head with a man in an elevator, but before the fight, he lays one of the sexiest kisses I've ever seen on film on Mulligan.
- Danish director Refn gave the credit to Gosling for making Drive happen. "This film got made because Ryan wanted to make it." Refn, who has another project with Gosling lined up after this (the remake of Logan's Run), shared a hilarious anecdote about his first meeting with Gosling, in which they came up with the idea for the movie. Refn had a fever and took powerful cold medicine, which he blamed for the fact that he and Gosling had "no connection" when they met because he was so out of it. After he asked Gosling to take him home halfway through dinner, REO Speedwagon's "I Can't Fight This Feeling Anymore" came on, and Refn started to cry, then sing the song. He said that he screamed at Gosling: "I got it! I know what Drive is," and came up with the concept — it's about "a man who drives around at night listening to pop music and that's his relief." Gosling's response? "We're doing it."