Ryan Gosling Says He Got Into ‘Trouble’ For ‘Real’ Sex Scene With Michelle Williams In Blue Valentine

Ryan Gosling Says He Got Into ‘Trouble’ For ‘Real’ Sex Scene With Michelle Williams In Blue Valentine The Weinstein Company

Ryan Gosling has revealed that he got in “trouble” over a sex scene with co-star Michelle Williams in the 2010 movie “Blue Valentine.” The drama infamously contains a scene in which Gosling’s character Dean performs oral sex on Williams’ Cindy, and the actor admitted it felt very “real” to him.

  1. Ryan Gosling described “Blue Valentine” as an “anti-romance.” In an interview with The Guardian, he admits feeling “excited” by the prospect of portraying such a realistic relationship, even if it was toxic and dysfunctional. “Director Derek Cianfrance wanted this movie to celebrate people’s faults, to demystify romance and to make something that felt real. I was excited by that,” he explained.
  2. The sex scene in question nearly got “Blue Valentine” an NC-17 rating. In Gosling’s mind, that’s because it wasn’t very polished or rehearsed. “The sex felt real – it wasn’t sexy or ‘a sex scene’, and that’s why we got into trouble,” he explained.
  3. He went on to say that it likely felt so real since he acted it so well. Ryan Gosling is generally a pretty solid actor, but he feels he really took it to the next level in “Blue Valentine.” For that reason, he believes people should appreciate his work in the movie (and the sex scene in particular). “You shouldn’t be penalized for doing a good job,” he said.
  4. “Blue Valentine” was extremely critically acclaimed. So much so that both Gosling and Williams were nominated for Golden Globe awards. Williams was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, among other accolades. The Casting Society of America, the Chicago Film Critics Association Awards, the Gotham Independent Film Awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, the London Film Critics Circle Awards, and others all nominated Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams for “Blue Valentine,” showing just how well-received the film was.


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