Update: Aaand it’s fake. Sort of.
With all the focus on the delayed release of Ryan Gosling‘s sexy new film Gangster Squad in January — not to mention him bleaching his hair to play a biker in The Place Beyond the Pines – oh, and his movie with Michael Fassbender – one project has slipped through the cracks. Today we got some more intel on Ryan’s bloodier role in Only God Forgives… including a poster where his beautiful face is beaten almost beyond recognition.
I’ve gotta warn you, the image is pretty intense, whether or not you’re a fan of Gosling. It’s some heavy-duty makeup effects, but what makes it chilling is that you can still see some of his features: His slight smirk, those eyes boring into you even past the swelling. We shouldn’t be surprise, since Only God Forgives is Ryan’s second team-up with Nicolas Winding Refn, director of last year’s equally violent Drive.
In this film, Ryan is Julian, the manager of a Thai boxing club that’s a front for a drugs organization. He’s well-respected in Bangkok’s criminal underworld, but he still feels guilt over killing a cop ten years prior. But then his brother murders a prostitute and the police bring in retired cop Chang to enact justice. Julian must then avenge his brother by challenging Chang to a fight. Add to that his interfering mob boss mom Jenna (Kristin Scott Thomas), and you get the sense that Julian doesn’t have a lot of power of his own. From the sound of it, he also gets his face smashed in a lot.
OK, I’ve psyched you up. You ready?
The initial reaction at the Crushable office can be summed up as “NOOOO!” Even showing you know, I still have to gulp at the damage. That beautiful face! It gets a little less shocking when you stare at it for a while, but you know that when Only God Forgives comes out sometime in 2013 it will be jarring all over again to watch Ryan get beat up in real time.
Photos: Ian Wilson/WENN.com, FilmDistrict