Ryan Gosling Reveals Fear While Filming ‘The Fall Guy’: ‘Kind of Blacking Out’

Free-falling from heights isn’t Ryan Gosling’s favourite challenge. Fresh off his ‘Barbie’ triumph, the Hollywood star returned to the big screen with the critically acclaimed film, ‘The Fall Guy’, in early May. However, filming this movie revealed a new fear of heights that Gosling hadn’t known he had.

Ryan Gosling shared how his phobia of heights hit him during a stunt scene. He explained that having a family has heightened this fear, describing the intense physical reactions he experienced. Despite the film being a “love letter to stunts” directed by former stuntman David Leitch, Gosling was caught off guard by the stunts’ demands. 

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In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, the 43-year-old actor opened up about the challenges of his highly physical role, which included falling from a 12-story building and surfing a metal plate dragged by a truck on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

One particular stunt, where he had to fall from a ledge into an atrium, left him frozen and “seeing stars.” Gosling admitted, “My body turns to stone,” and recalled “kind of blacking out” during the stunts. He reflected that his heightened awareness started after having kids, making him more conscious of his actions.

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Despite the critical acclaim, ‘The Fall Guy’ had a rough start at the box office, finally hitting the $100 million mark but still far from blockbuster status, given its $125 to $150 million budget. Produced by Universal Pictures, the film faced stiff competition, with ‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes’ outperforming it with a $58.5 million opening.

Upcoming releases like ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ and ‘The Garfield Movie’ further threaten ‘The Fall Guy”s box office success. However, it holds potential for success on digital streaming platforms.

– Farheen Ali