Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe, and Matt Bomer share behind-the-scenes anecdotes of their new film The Nice Guys.
Reminiscent of the noir comedies of times passed, The Nice Guys (out May 20) stars Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling as, respectively, a detective and a private eye investigating an apparent suicide in 1970s Los Angeles. Alongside Matt Bomer and Kim Basinger, the actors reveal their comedic chops in an unfamiliar setting.
Stopping by the AOL Build offices in NYC to chat about the film, here is what Crowe, Gosling, Bomer, Producer Joel Silver, and Writer and Director Shane Black revealed.
Producer Joel Silver Is behind All Your Favorite Action Movies
From the Die Hard and Lethal Weapon franchises to The Matrix, Kiss Kiss BangBang, and Sherlock Holmes, Silver has produced some of the industry’s most exciting action films. This is also not the first time that the producer joins forces with Writer/Director Shane Black, another Hollywood big shot. “We kind of like the same sorts of movies,” said Black. “We have a lot of fun together and I think this one is the best ones that we’ve done.”
Russell Crowe Signed On Thinking It “Was an Absurd Situation”
While discussing his decision to take on the role, Crowe recalls reading the script and thinking it, “was hilarious and it was a dense narrative, there is a lot going on in the story and there’s a lot going on in the characterization.” He goes on saying, “This was a complete world, it was a world built with characters that you could believe in, it just happens to be an absurd situation, which is where the comedy comes from.”
Don’t Expect the Characters to Tell You What’s Going On
“The worst thing in movies is where they stop the plot and then someone tells you what you already saw,” says Black. “I think audiences are a lot brighter than we give them credit.”
Crowe Is Hilariously Funny
Silver didn’t think Crowe would be interested in a comedy. When discussing his affinity for the genre, Crowe says, “I’m not afraid of comedy at all but I have a particular type of sense of humor so you can’t tell me something is funny. If I find it funny, then that will be a comedy. But, if I read something and you’re telling me it’s a comedy, and I don’t find it funny, then I’m just not going to be doing your movie.”
Silver’s Son Had No Idea Who Ryan Gosling (and Robert Downey Jr.) Were
“[Silver’s] son was playing with a motorboat in the reflection pool and then Joel walks up to me and [calls his son over],” shares Gosling while reminiscing about one of his first meetings with the producer. “He says to his kid, 'Do you know who this is?' And his son goes, 'No.' And Joel says, 'Alright go to your room.' Then, when his son goes upstairs he looks at me and he goes, 'I did the same thing with Downey two years ago and you know what my kid is going upstairs to do right now? He’s going to play with one of Downey’s action figures!'”
Matt Bomer Is Really Good with a Gun
“I’ve done limited stuff here and there, but they were so great about giving me all kinds of weapons training and letting me have all my neurotic extra time that I wanted to learn how to pop and lock the clips,” says Bomer.
Watch out for Gosling’s On-Screen Daughter
“I think a strong case can be made that she’s actually in her late 30s,” says Gosling about Angourie Rice, who plays his daughter in the film. “She was definitely the most mature person on the set. She’s incredible. She knew exactly what her character would and wouldn’t do. She brought such strong sense of the scene to the scene. I’m sure we’ll all be working for her one day.”