To all the girls out there: Damien Chazelle loves Ryan Gosling as much as you do.
During an appearance at the Toronto International Film Festival 2022 for an interview on his directing career, award-winning Chazelle elaborated on how he loved working with Gosling – 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.”
In some excellent feedback to his upcoming film, Babylon – which follows Hollywood in the 1920s, Chazelle parred Gosling with 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: What Sets Gosling Apart
For Gazelle, the hosts of movement and ability to express so much with only his face make Gosling shine from 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.