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“You know, they say don’t meet your heroes, but I would say the addendum to that is ‘…unless they’re Harrison Ford.’ ‘Cause he’s a cool motherfucker.”

New York, N.Y.­­­—“It’s like three movies that I usually make in one,” Ryan Gosling tells GQ’s Chris Heath of filming the Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049 for the past four months on location in Hungary. “Just in terms of the length and just the whole scope and experience…. I’ve never done something so shrouded in secrecy or where there’s so much anticipation.”

One of the rumors percolating from on set was that Harrison Ford punched Ryan Gosling in the face. “It was kind of, you know, a rite of passage,” Gosling says of the experience. “We were just doing a fight scene and, you know, it just happened. But what was funny was, when it was over, they brought ice for my face, and Harrison pushed me out of the way and stuck his fist in the ice. I asked him the other day where he got his sense of humor from––was it from his mother or his father? He said, ‘Sears.’ And he didn’t have much time to shop around so he just had to grab one and get out.”

Prior to working on Blade Runner, Gosling was wrapping his new movie, La La Land––of which he says one of the highlights was learning how to “do some of the styles of dance I wish I had spent time on when I was a kid.” Back then he would “shake it like a showgirl,” as a he puts it––the boy star in a dance company of girls. Regardless of being excited to dance again, Gosling was worried about how the singing and dancing in the movie might be perceived by 2016 audiences. “You know, people are breaking into song and dancing and flying in the stars, and [the audience is] also having to accept them as real people in the world. That was a challenge…. There’s nothing cynical about this movie, and there’s no out for us to say, ‘Just kidding!’ We can’t be ironic about it. There’s no avenue for that in this. It wears its heart on its sleeve, this film.”

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Gosling’s interest in movies started in childhood. When he was in first grade, he saw Sylvester Stallone’s revenge drama First Blood, the original Rambo film, on videocassette. The next day, he headed off to school armed with a bunch of Gosling family steak knives. “I think I saw it too young,” he says. “I wasn’t able to separate those realities. I don’t blame it on the film… I just remember there being, like, some injustices on the playground, you know.” After the incident is when Gosling realized “I had to get control of my imagination.” Gosling felt like he stood out from his classmates in other ways as well. “I was doing very badly in school,” he says, and “…they [the school] started feathering me into some special-education classes and things like that. I mean, I remember playing chess with a kid who was eating his queen, you know.”

These days, Gosling has become quite the family man. “…Eva’s the dream mother, and they’re dream babies, and it’s like a dream that I’m having right now. I’m dreaming it all,” he says of Eva Mendes, and their two children. Despite his parents splitting up when his childhood career was starting to build, Gosling isn’t particularly worried about his own parenting. “When you meet your kids you realize that they deserve great parents,” he says. “And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve.”

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Monday, December 12, 2016