Unlike many other celebrity couples, Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes have managed to keep their longstanding relationship blissfully private from the prying eyes of the world. Mendes even explained on her Instagram how their relationship was meant to be theirs alone. She said, “I have always had a clear boundary when it comes to my man and my kids. I’ll talk about them, of course, with limits, but I won’t post pictures of our daily life.”
Mendes and Gosling had starred together in the 2012 Derek Cianfrance film The Place Beyond the Pines. Mendes has always appreciated her husband’s filmography and has been very vocal about his films.
Ryan Gosling is insanely gifted and has the ability to blend into any role assigned to him, ranging from a sociopathic loner to a taciturn nameless driver. His compelling on-screen presence and brilliant prowess made him one of the most bankable and versatile actors of his generation.
While fans would always name films like The Notebook, Blue Valentine, Drive, La La Land etc. to be their personal Gosling favourites, Mendes named some other titles, gushing over Gosling’s acting.
When asked on an Instagram chat about Gosling’s favourite films, she called it a “tough question”, before saying, “He was so incredibly heartbreaking in Blade Runner. Such an impossible role to play and he did it so beautifully! And his portrayal of Armstrong [in First Man] was so subtle and powerful and emotional. I got lost in his performance in that film.”
“And then him as March in The Nice Guys is a classic comedy performance that is only seen every once in a blue moon,” she added. “I mean, I can keep going but I don’t think this comment section has enough room!” Of all her favourites, Damien Chazelle’s 2018 film First Man is now streaming on Netflix.
Chazelle’s 2018 film does not romanticise the idea of space travel while detailing the story of Neil Armstrong’s mission to the moon. Instead of indulging in the buzz, excitement and imagination regarding the same, Chazelle’s film upholds a tranquil picture of the journey. The filmmaker deftly infuses the realistic experience along with the idea of the astronaut being trapped in a relentless purgatory of doubt and existential dread.
As Armstrong, Gosling is stoic, quiet and compelling. He is totally in control of his character and portrays the astronaut’s emotional turmoil, nervousness and despair in an incredible manner. Gosling is a wreck as he shows how the journey is poignant, frightening and fascinating; the film will never let one perceive man’s historic walk on the moon any other way.
Ryan Gosling had won an Oscar for Chazelle’s 2016 film La La Land and their collaborations are all pretty intense and successful.
Watch First Man on Netflix now.