The Fall Guy filmmakers break down Ryan Gosling's high-flying stunts in first trailer
2023/11/02

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Ryan Gosling is set to ignite the screen in his upcoming action-comedy film, The Fall Guy. The movie, directed by David Leitch and set to be released on March 1, 2024, revolves around the exhilarating world of Hollywood stunts. The highly-anticipated trailer, released by Universal, offers a sneak peek into Gosling's hilarious portrayal of a stuntman, showcasing his jaw-dropping feats throughout the film.

Gosling takes on the role of Colt, an experienced stunt performer who lands a job on the set of his former girlfriend Jody's (played by Emily Blunt) directorial debut—a larger-than-life sci-fi blockbuster. Colt's mission is to assist Jody in any way possible, even if it means setting himself on fire or engaging in a Mad Max-inspired car chase across the desert. However, when the film's A-list star (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) goes missing, Colt must utilize his on-screen skills to track down the actor and save Jody's movie.

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Leitch, a former stunt performer himself, is the perfect fit to helm a film set in the world of stuntmen. Having directed action-packed movies such as John Wick, Atomic Blonde, and Bullet Train, Leitch's expertise in practical stunts shines through in The Fall Guy. In an exclusive interview with EW, Leitch and his producing partner Kelly McCormick delve into the film's first trailer, explaining their deep appreciation for stunts and the real explosions that occurred during filming. The Fall Guy draws inspiration from the '80s TV series of the same name, which starred Lee Majors as a Hollywood stuntman turned bounty hunter. McCormick compliments the show for its realistic stunts and the influence it had on aspiring stuntmen.

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Leitch's own early career as a stunt performer includes memorable appearances in films like Fight Club, Daredevil, and The Matrix franchise. The trailer even features a playful reference to Leitch's previous work in the Bourne Ultimatum, as Colt jests about doing some "Jason Bourne s---." Gosling's previous experience in action roles, such as his portrayal of a stunt driver in Drive, makes him well-suited for The Fall Guy. The film allows him to combine action with the romantic and comedic elements showcased in films like The Notebook, Barbie, and The Nice Guys. The fusion of genres attracted Gosling to the project, as he wanted to utilize all the skills he has developed throughout his acting career.

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Blunt's character, Jody, serves as an important connection to Gosling's Colt. As Colt's ex-girlfriend and current director, their on-screen chemistry is crucial to the film's success. Leitch praises Gosling and Blunt for delivering phenomenal chemistry, highlighting their undeniable connection in the trailer. Leitch also reunites with Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who portrays the conceited action star Tom Ryder in The Fall Guy. McCormick describes Ryder as the quintessential "toxic celebrity," a complete contrast to Taylor-Johnson's true personality. Leitch commends Taylor-Johnson for fully embracing the narcissistic character after initially approaching the role with caution. The film features an all-star supporting cast, including Winston Duke as the stunt coordinator, Hannah Waddingham as the producer, and Stephanie Hsu as Ryder's personal assistant. Of course, a stuntman movie wouldn't be complete without impressive stunts. Leitch and McCormick worked closely with their team to create innovative practical effects, contributing to the excitement and intensity of the film.

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The duo even prompted their stunt performers to dream big, resulting in breathtaking car chases, daring falls, and explosive scenes that will undoubtedly fascinate stunt enthusiasts. Amidst the explosive action and exhilarating car chases, The Fall Guy remains a love story at its core, focusing on the relationship between Colt and Jody. The film adds a romantic touch to the action genre, something Leitch and McCormick had not explored extensively before. They describe their film as a "love letter" to stunts, cinema, and the dedicated crews that make movie magic happen. The current climate, according to McCormick, makes it the perfect time to release a film that pays tribute to the art of filmmaking. Leitch jokes about his newfound love for the romance genre after directing Gosling and Blunt in The Fall Guy.

He contemplates the possibility of directing Gosling in a sequel to The Notebook, perhaps with a thrilling boat chase thrown into the mix. With Gosling's charismatic performance and the tantalizing blend of action, romance, and comedy, The Fall Guy promises audiences an unforgettable experience when it hits theaters in 2024.

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