Ryan Gosling Was Forced to Keep His Face Tattoo in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'
Hollywood heartthrob and celebrated leading man Ryan Gosling was forced to keep his striking ‘dagger with blood drop’ face tattoo in the 2012 drama The Place Beyond The Pines.
Gosling Regretted His Decision to Get a Face Tattoo
Gosling played a character named Luke, who is a stunt motorcyclist at a traveling carnival in the crime drama. The stunt rider turned robber wanted a happily ever after with his newborn son and lover (Eva Mendes).
The actor flaunted multiple fake inks on his body, but the tattoo that caught people’s attention was the ‘dagger with blood drops’ on the left side of his face.
In a 2013 interview with NPR, the movie’s director, Derek Cianfrance, revealed that the actor was eager to cover himself in tattoos, and he was not responsible for them. “I did not put that tattoo,” he said.
Upon asking how it got to that point, Cianfrance said Gosling called him six months before the team started shooting and gave him the idea of “the most tattoos in the movie history.” The handsome actor shared his desire to get a cool face ink of a dagger dripping blood.
Hey, D, how about the most tattoos in movie history? I was like, OK. You want some tattoos, huh? And he says, yeah, and I want to get a face tattoo. And I was like really? A face tattoo? And he says, yeah, face tattoos are the coolest. And he says and this one's going to be a dagger and it's going to be dripping blood.
The Notebook actor showed up on the first day of the shoot with temporary yet extravagant tattoos on his face and body. But Gosling came to regret his face tattoo by lunchtime on the first day.
Gosling asked if they could re-shoot without the face ink, as principal photography had barely begun. Cianfrance denied him and said, “The movie is about consequence and now you have to live with your choices.”
In a 2013 interview with Cinema Blend, when asked about the face tattoo, the actor replied it was distracting and that he went too far. He confessed to having a “real sense of shame,” but added that it brought something unique to the character.
Eventually, Gosling embraced his mistake and delivered a hauntingly melancholic performance as Luke in the movie.
" I made these decisions to look this way, and it really did kind of, you know, it added to the performance that I never could have."
In a Relationship with His The Place Beyond The Pines Co-Star Eva Mendes
It was reported earlier that Gosling and his lady love, Mendes, first met on the sets of the movie in 2011. However, it’s not true.
In a 2020 interview with Oprah Magazine, Mendes clarified the two had known each other for a while, and working together in The Place Beyond The Pines was exciting.
After spending almost a decade together, the couple is blessed with two gorgeous daughters — 6-year-old Esmeralda and 4-year-old Amanda.
In a 2019 interview with Women’s Health, Mendes said that having children was the “furthest thing” from her mind before she met Gosling.
"Ryan Gosling happened. I mean, falling in love with him. Then it made sense for me to have... not kids, but his kids. It was very specific."
While they aren’t legally married, the good-looking pair has been inseparable since 2011 and is incredibly protective of their relationship and children.