Harrison Ford Punched Ryan Gosling In The Face
Ryan Gosling was almost happy to be punched in the face by co-star Harrison Ford while making the upcoming Blade Runner sequel.
"I'd say it (the punch) felt like a rite of passage for me," Gosling told AAP.
Ford landed the accidental blow while the pair were filming a fight scene, but it was a small price to pay for Gosling, who was happy just to work alongside the star in Blade Runner 2049.
"It's one of the best experiences I've had working with somebody. It's a pleasure, you know, when he's not punching you. And even when he's punching you, you're still having a good time somehow," he said.
"He's as talented as he is experienced. Every movie he's made is iconic and most of them are being revisited again so much time later because they're great films and he's the consistent element in all of those configurations, and he's the reason those movies are iconic."
The pair of Hollywood heavyweights star in Blade Runner 2049, which takes place 30 years after the events of the original movie.
Ford reprises his role as Rick Deckard, a police officer responsible for killing replicants, the biorobotic androids who exist in this dystopian, future version of Los Angeles.
Director Ridley Scott's original 1982 movie was a slow-burner, becoming a cult hit after its cinematic release with audiences responding to a science-fiction film that asked pertinent, philosophical questions.
Gosling was one of those fans, and connected with it from a young age.
"The film made quite an impact on me as a kid. I was two when it came out so I saw it when I was 12 on VHS and without any set up. I had no idea how influential or iconic it was," he said.
The film looked "cool" in the eyes of a young Gosling, but there was also something else about the movie that he latched on to.
"I had never really experienced a film like that, that was asking more questions than it was giving answers," he said.
"The idea that Harrison Ford, who I knew as being very heroic, was sort of hunting down people that just wanted to live, it was a haunting idea and not something I expected.
"It makes you question your ability to distinguish the hero from the villain and it makes you question what it means to be a human being. You feel like it's a view of the future, it's so nightmarish and romantic, heavy stuff for a 12-year-old," he said.
Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) takes over directorial duties on the sequel which features Gosling as a new blade runner, LAPD Officer K, who unearths a secret and goes on a quest to find Deckard.
* Blade Runner 2049 is in cinemas on October 5.