Ryan Gosling grateful for Drive director's hugs

September 15th, 2011

Ryan Gosling's 'Drive' director "held" him before he shot a scene.

The actor stars with Carey Mulligan in the new movie and says neither of them would have put in such a good performance if it weren't for the support of filmmaker Nicolas Refn.

He told Collider.com: "Nicolas really encouraged us. He would come up to us before takes, and hug us and hold us. Sometimes he would hold you for five minutes, until you stopped resisting his hug. Even if you thought you'd submitted to it, you hadn't. And when you were totally relaxed, he would then look at you with tears in his eyes and say, 'Go with god.' And then, he'd say, 'Action!' That helped."

Ryan enjoyed working with Carey because they were both happy to be quiet on set and not feel the need to use excessive amounts of dialogue in the script.

He explained: "She was my partner in crime because she secretly didn't want to talk either. We would come to set in the morning and Nicolas would be like, 'Okay, so what do you want to say?' And Carey would say, 'Well, I don't want to say this,' and I'd say, 'Okay, well, I don't want to say that,' until we weren't saying anything and Nicolas said, 'Okay, great, let's shoot it.' We knew what we were supposed to say, and those lines were in there, even if we weren't saying them."