Gosling portrayed a Hollywood stunt performer who moonlights as a getaway driver and he has described the film as a "violent John Hughes movie": "I always thought if Pretty in Pink had head-smashing it would be perfect".
Gosling has said that the opportunity to work with Morse made him "a better actor".
Gosling is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children, and the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions.
He has been in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes since 2011, and they have two daughters together.
He lived in a small apartment in Brooklyn and spent time shadowing an eighth grade teacher. And I think that translates into the films.” In 2010, he co-starred with Michelle Williams in Derek Cianfrance's directorial debut, the marital drama Blue Valentine.
Manohla Dargis of The New York Times felt it was a treat to watch "the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling ... The low-budget film was mainly improvised and Gosling has said "you had to remind yourself you were making a film".