Ryan Gosling Movie Booed At Cannes
Audience takes exception to violence in Only God Forgives...
The director of Ryan Gosling's latest movie Only God Forgives has spoken out in the film's defence after it was booed by critics at the Cannes Film Festival.
Several members of the audience at the French screening are reported to have been disgusted by the explicit violence in the movie, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
The Danish filmmaker won the best director prize at the 2011 festival for Drive - which also starred R-Gos - but their latest collaboration has not gone down so well with the press pack.
Vulture's Kyle Buchanan wrote in his review: "To judge from the boos and whistles after the Only God Forgives screening today, I wouldn't exactly lay odds on a 'Best Director' repeat for Refn.
"When one character stuck his hand inside a woman's slashed body, the audience locked and loaded its boos. Gosling doesn't have much to say in this movie, but the auditorium sure did."
But Refn attempted to justify the graphic violence in the film at a discussion in Cannes.
He explained that he approaches violence "like a pornographer: it's about what arouses me. Certain things turn me on more than other stuff and I can't suppress that".
He added: "I have surely a fetish for violent emotions and images... art is an act of violence. It is about penetration, about speaking to our subconscious and our moods at different levels."
Only God Forgives is a gangster movie set in a seedy Thai underworld of fight clubs and prostitution.
Kristin Scott Thomas - who plays Gosling's mother in the movie - said that it wasn't her "sort of thing", but had agreed to take the role because it was different to the upper class British roles she was usually offered and because Refn was directing.
She told the audience: "When I first read the script I was excited about playing someone far away from the upper-class thing that English people seem to love seeing me in.
"As we got nearer it got more and more despicable."
Gosling recently went viral in a series of amusing cereal-based Vine clips.