Actors can be viewed from a very one-dimesional lens when it comes to their career choices and motivations behind playing a character. Some decisions will be smarter than others, but there is always a method to the madness.
This is very much the case with Ryan Gosling, with the Canadian being very selective about his filmography and what he puts his name to. When the script finally arrived for Blade Runner 2049, he would ensure that he was not stepping on Harrison Ford's toes and tarnishing a legacy that had been crafted in 1982.
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Speaking with At the Movies Malaysia prior to the title's October 6 premiere, Gosling recalled how discussions went with the studio and filmmakers. It would be his first encounter with original director Ridley Scott that gave him the confidence to sign on, seeing their enthusiasm as a signal.
"I was fortunate enough to have gotten to meet with Ridley and talk to him about it first while he was writing it (Blade Runner 2049 script)," he remarked. "So I knew that it was something he not only approved of but was actively involved in. And Hampton Fancher, the original writer, was also working on it with him so that was a good sign and then they sent it to Harrison (Ford) when they were finished. He loved the script, so all my fears were gone, because who am I to say to them that this is not how the film should go? You know, they all felt that this is where the story would've led and I felt very excited to be a part of it."
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Complete with a cast that boasts the likes of Jared Leto, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Ana de Armas and Sylvia Hoeks, the Denis Villeneuve picture had enough acting assets to be a blockbuster in its own right. Yet it was the post apocalyptic landscape that drew Gosling's attention, inhabiting a world that he simply had to take part in.
"There was a lot of those moments," he remembered of reading the script. "If it's not Harrison, or Ridley or Denis, it's (cinematographer) Roger Deakins, you know. It's an incredible opportunity to work with so many incredible people, but also just the universe of the film. It's such a rich universe that you long to enter when you're watching the film, so to get to inhabit it and help to tell that story, it was very exciting."