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July 31 2014

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Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper play Cops and Robbers

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“They’re both are amazing actors,” said Rebecca Dayan on why she came to see Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper at last night’s premiere of The Place Beyond the Pines. “And I guess they’re also really pleasant to look at.” Dayan wasn’t alone—fans were lined up around the block just to get a glimpse of the two actors at the Landmark Sunshine Theater last night. Directed by Derek Cianfrance, the new film is a dramatic study of father-son relationships, with Cooper as a cop hot on the trail of Gosling—a burned-out, ne’er-do-well Evel Knievel type who robs a bank so he can support his son. Gosling admitted that getting to play a bank-robbing antihero is something he’s wanted to do for a long time. Part of his character’s rebellious persona is a tattoo of a knife right below his eye. It was a last-minute addition, but it worked. “I’m glad Derek made me do that,” said Gosling. “The movie is about regret and I definitely had a sense of regret about the tattoo!” Don’t worry, ladies, it was a temporary.

It’s no secret that Cooper and Gosling are two of Hollywood’s hottest men of the moment. So was director Derek Cianfrance afraid their sex appeal would overshadow the serious nature of the film? No, he told Style.com, because what sets them apart from other hunks in the business is that they are actually great actors, and they aren’t afraid to take risks. “They’re brave enough to confront fear and play characters that aren’t heroes all the time,” the director said.

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