*the place beyond the pines

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“Ryan Gosling called me like 8 weeks before we started shooting and said ‘Hey D. Let’s have the most tattoos in movie history in this one.’ I said ‘Okay. You want tattoos.’ He said ‘Yeah. And, I want a face tattoo.’ I said ‘Sure you want a face tattoo? That’s really permanent.’ He says ‘Yeah. And, it’s gonna be a dagger and it’s gonna be dripping blood.’ And I said ‘If I was your parent I’d say don’t get a face tattoo. You’re gonna regret it. But, you’re a big boy. You do whatever you wanna do.’ Flash-forward 8 weeks later, we’re shooting, first day of shooting. Ryan comes up to me at lunch and says ‘Hey D. I think I went too far with the face tattoo. I think we should reshoot all the stuff we did.’ And, I said ‘That’s what happens with the face tattoo. You regret it, and now you’re stuck with it. We’re not gonna reshoot anything. You’re gonna live with it for the rest of this movie.’ What it created in him was this shame. He was ashamed of himself. He had a regret and walked into every scene with that regret.” - Derek Cianfrance

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That line in the movie - that was never written in the script. That’s an improv line from Ben. So many of the best moments in movie history were captured, or just found, you know - were real, and were improvised… It blows my mind to think that the catchphrase of our movie was improvised by Ben Mendelsohn on set one day.

- Derek Cianfrance, The Place Beyond the Pines commentary

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      10 films that define my “aesthetic”

  1.  A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night dir. Ana Lily Amirpour
  2.  Taxi Driver dir. Martin Scorcese
  3. Drive dir. Nicholas Winding Refn
  4.  Midnight In Paris dir. Woody Allen
  5.  The Place Beyond The Pines dir. Derek Cianfrance
  6.  Mommy dir. Xavier Nolan
  7.  Palo Alto dir. Gia Coppola
  8.  Inside Llewyn Davis dir. Joel and Ethan Coen
  9.  A Most Violent Year dir. J.C. Chandor
  10.  American Beauty dir. Sam Mendes

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