Ryan Gosling on reunion with ‘Drive’ director: ‘The violence is way more extreme’

Their new film is called 'Only God Forgives' and opens in the UK on August 2

Ryan Gosling has admitted that the violence in his new movie with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn is “extreme”.

“This is the most extreme level I’ve ever been taken to,” Gosling revealed during an interview with Empire. “Certainly the violence is way more extreme! Certainly it resonates, there’s no doubt about that. It’s been intense.”

Titled Only God Forgives, the film stars Gosling as an American criminal living in exile in Bangkok, where he runs a Thai boxing club as a front for a drugs business. When his brother is killed for murdering a prostitute, his mother lands in town and orders her son to exact revenge. Kristin Scott Thomas co-stars as the mother, an apparently monstrous character Winding Refn has described as “Lady Macbeth crossed with Donatella Versace”.

Only God Forgives premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last month (May) and received a mixed reaction from film critics. Asked by Empire whether he expects some people to “go mental” over the movie’s violence, Winding Refn (pictured right) replied: “Of course they will!”

“But that is what it is all about, because I know then that whatever I have done, I have touched you very deep. I have penetrated you. The real prize in my world is always the audience. Do people like what you do? Do they react to it? Do they love it? Do they hate it?”

Only God Forgives opens in UK cinemas on August 2. Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch the latest trailer.