I recently sat down with director Nicolas Winding Refn to talk about his new film Drive, starring Ryan Gosling as Hollywood stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night.
Refn is one of those filmmakers that, if you're a cinephile, you've likely heard of by now, with such films to his credits as Bronson, Vahalla Rising, and his Pusher trilogy -- which put the Danish director on the map at the ripe young age of 26. And if you're just a general movie lover, well expect to hear his name a lot more now. Especially after Drive picked up the "Best Director" award for Refn at the Cannes Film Festival where it premiered this year.
Aside from assembling a stellar cast comprised of Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman and a villainous Albert Brooks, the neo-noir dressed in '80s garb (thanks mostly to its bitchin' soundtrack) is quite unlike any heist/car chase flick you've ever seen. And it's quickly accelerating to the top of many a critic's "Best Of" lists, including my own.
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Check out the interview (after the jump), in which Refn and I discuss the film's soundtrack, it's influences, and that undeniably cool scorpion jacket Mr. Gosling is sporting in the film. Oh, and of course, the instantly legendary story about he and Gosling's bromantic night together in LA when they first met. Spoiler alert: It involves crying and REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling."
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