Ryan Gosling has portrayed some dark characters in films like "Half Nelson" and "Blue Valentine," but he has rarely gone violent like he did in his new action thriller, "Drive."
"I always wanted to make a violent John Hughes movie. I love John Hughes but I always thought if there was violence in his movies that would just be perfect," Gosling told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "Like, imagine 'Pretty in Pink' but with a head smashing. So, when I read this I thought it had the potential for that. Also, I thought you know, I always wanted to play a super hero but all the good ones were taken and so this gave me an opportunity to create my own."
"Drive" follows Gosling as a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a crime scene driver. He gets involved with a young mother with a shady past (Carey Mulligan) and when a heist goes wrong, he finds himself wanted by some dangerous men.
The film also stars "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks, "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks and Ron Perlman.
Though Gosling rose to fame after appearing in the 2004 romance "The Notebook," he told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he's had a long-running affair with violent movies.
"The first time I saw 'First Blood' it put a spell on me and I thought I was Rambo," Gosling explained. "I went to school, filled my Fisher Price Houdini kit up with steak knives and I threw them at the kids at recess and got suspended. My parents said, 'This guy can't watch violent movies' and so I was only allowed to watch movies from the library just you know, 'National Geographic' movies and black and white comedies, and Bible movies, which are pretty violent."
"I thought that driver was like that kid you know," Gosling continued. "He'd seen too many movies and was going around in his regular life acting like he was some kind of action hero. You know also now I'm old enough I can watch violent movies if I want to."
Gosling recently starred opposite Emma Stone and Steve Carell in "Crazy Stupid Love," which he told OnTheRedCarpet.com that he did because his doctor "prescribed" him a comedy after appearing in such dark roles.
The actor will next appear opposite George Clooney in "The Ides of March," which is slated for release on October 7, 2011.
Gosling will also star opposite his "Crazy Stupid Love" co-star Emma Stone in the upcoming 1940s cop drama "Gangster Squad." In the film, Stone plays a "a sharp-tongued siren caught in a love triangle" between a drug-dealer played by Sean Penn and a cop played by Ryan Gosling, according to Variety.
"Drive" hit theaters on September 16. Watch the trailer below.
Reporting by Cari Skillman, special contributor to KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).