To all the girls out there, Damien Chazelle loves Ryan Gosling as much as you do.
During an appearance at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival for an interview about his career as a director, winner Chazelle opened up about how much he loved working with Gosling (they have appeared together in La La Land (2016) and First Man (2018).
“In a way, it’s the same thing you can say about a lot of the greatest film actors,” Chazelle stated of his adoration for Gosling and his face. “Something that feels like it’s fundamental to film acting as opposed to other kind of acting is the art of conveying a ton by seeming to do very little.”
Among some excellent feedback on his next film, Babylon, which follows 1920s Hollywood, Chazelle compared Gosling to Charlie Chaplin and Rudolph Valentino.
“It goes back to the earliest silent film actors if you think of Chaplin or Valentino,” he stated.
“There’s a few people, not many, who, if you park the camera to their face, they can tell a whole story with only the slightest fluctuation of the brow or their eyebrows or their lips or even with no movement at all. Just holding a certain kind of expression.”
Chazelle Says Gosling Shines from the Rest
For Chaazelle, multiple movements and the ability to express so much with just a face make Gosling shine above the rest.
“Ryan is one of the handful of people today who have really mastered that art form,” he claimed. “Acting as an art form has existed for millennia, it’s one of the oldest art forms we have. But the art of film acting is still much younger, and something is really specific to film acting is being able to convey a whole saga in a close-up.”
Gosling will appear in the fever drama that seems to be Barbie by Greta Gerwig.
Meanwhile, the next release from Chazelle includes this Christmas’ Babylon.