Ryan Gosling on being a ‘Blue Collar Bond’ in ‘The Gray Man’ – WWD
After a four-year hiatus, Ryan Gosling returns to the screen in “The Gray Man,” a Netflix thriller that hits theaters Friday and airs July 22.
The action-packed film directed by Joe and Anthony Russo sees Gosling play the role of Sierra Six, a CIA black ops spy who is forced to flee after revealing incriminating secrets about the agency.
Unlike the suave James Bond, Sierra Six is pragmatic, and that extends to her wardrobe, which is designed to blend in or “go grey.”
“There have been a lot of good spies, and I think it was difficult but exciting to try to create a different one,” Gosling said during an interview at a watchdog dinner in Los Angeles on Tuesday. evening marking the integration of Tag Heuer in the film. “He’s more of a blue-collar Bond. He’s a working class guy. He has no romantic idea what it’s like to be a spy, you know? He’s like an analog hero in a digital world. He has no technology, he has no gadgets, he has ingenuity and a sense of humor.
Six’s clothes aren’t Savile Row suits, but rather looks from all the men collected along the way.
“The character just acquires clothes as he goes through his day, he doesn’t just sit around thinking about what to wear. So I tried in choosing the clothes for the movie to do the same,” said said Gosling, a Tag Heuer ambassador, who even pulled out a jumpsuit from his Orange County-based stunt coordinator’s school martial arts to wear in the film.
“My character is just a regular guy, he’d rather be a plumber or be at home watching Netflix like everyone else. He doesn’t even want to be in the spotlight… he kind of gets sucked into it. He’s out prison and those are his choices. He can die in prison or die as a spy. He chooses that because it’s a way of living a bit before he dies. So everything he wears in the movie , his style, everything you know, other than his watch, it’s something he didn’t really choose, it was chosen for him,” the actor added, going on to explain how he looks. come to appreciate the transformative power of clothing.
“The reason I’m in this business is probably one day my uncle came home and decided he was going to be an Elvis impersonator. And it all started with him dazzling that eagle on his back. “a white jumpsuit. And I come from a paper town where my dad worked in a paper mill and the men in my family worked in the paper mill. And a white jumpsuit with staring eagles was a striking thing to see. But it was transformer, and it kind of changed him, you know, it gave him the power to be that character.
The film was the most physically demanding he had ever made, Gosling said, adding that it helped him get in shape for his upcoming role as Ken alongside Margot Robbie in “Barbie.” He always sported his bleached locks at dinner and in Tag Heuer commercials for the 39mm steel Carrera Three Hands watch he wears throughout the film.
“It was the perfect watch for this character because [spies] live and die every second. It’s all about precision. I think that’s why watches are such a big part of spy movies in general and especially for this character who got out of prison, he’s wasted so much time already. And he takes this job as a spy to have a little more time to live his life… So time is running out.
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