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Ryan Gosling Says Steven Spielberg Hugged Him and Said He Loved ‘The Fall Guy’ So Much: ‘That Was an All Time Moment for Me’

Reviews for Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt’s action comedy “The Fall Guy” are still under embargo, but Gosling has already gotten all the praise he needs thanks to Steven Spielberg. The two ran into each other earlier this year at the Golden Globes, and Spielberg apparently made it a priority to let Gosling known that he’s a big “Fall Guy” fan. Gosling was a best supporting actor nominee at the Golden Globes for “Barbie.”

“I saw Steven Spielberg walking in my direction,” Gosling told Variety. “I don’t know Steven Spielberg. I thought there’s no way he’s coming to talk to me. And yet he kept getting closer, and then I thought I know what’s going to happen. I’m going to point to him, and he’s going to go, ‘Not you, behind you,’ so I’m not going to do that. Finally I said, ‘Me?’ and he goes, “Yeah you.’ I go, ‘I’m sorry I didn’t think you were coming to talk to me.’ And I stood up and he gave me a hug and said, ‘I just saw “Fall Guy” and I loved it.'”

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“As far as I’m concerned it doesn’t matter anymore what happens,” Gosling continued. “Steven Spielberg liked it. That was an all time moment for me. I’m really excited for people to see it. I think it’s a really special movie.”

“The Fall Guy,” directed by “Deadpool 2” and “Bullet Train” filmmaker David Leitch, is based on the 1980s TV series of the same name. Gosling plays a Hollywood stuntman working for a director (Blunt) who happens to be a former flame. When the lead actor of their movie goes missing, Gosling’s stuntman steps up to try and find him.

“The stunts are amazing, they’re practical stunts,” Gosling said what makes “The Fall Guy” so special. “You can feel the difference. It’s such a love letter to movies and moviemaking and the people who make movies…It’s a very unique perspective on a genre of movie that we all love so much but it’s from a perspective you’ve never seen it, from the people who actually make it and how sort of much they’ve been taken for granted.”

Gosling added that action movies are some of the “life blood of the industry,” so it’s about time a movie doesn’t just deliver action thrills but actually pays respect to the workers who pull it off.

“The Fall Guy” opens in theaters May 3 from Universal Pictures after world premiering at the SXSW Festival later this month.

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