Actor Ryan Gosling had fun working on the musical La La Land with actress Emma Stone but said learning his lines, songs, dance routines, jazz piano and the keytar was a lot to take in. “Trying to fit the keytar into my schedule of things I had to learn was pretty funny. But we were all being pushed to our limits to see what we were capable of. We worked for three months on, for instance, one number that happens at sunset where it starts as a scene, then it becomes a song, and then it’s a dance and then it’s a scene again and it all happens in one take,” Gosling told Empire magazine.
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The scene was an homage to Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers’s “Isn’t this a lovely day (to be caught in the rain)” routine from “Top Hat”, and Gosling loved getting the chance to put a new spin on the iconic footage, reports femalefirst.co.uk. “That idea, just the clever nuance of the way Fred and Ginger’s characters were trying to make the best of a bad situation, we tried to subvert that lyrically in our scene. We tried to make the worst out of a good situation,” he said.
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La La Land is set for release next month and has already garnered amazing reviews and multiple film festival awards, including the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, while Stone picked up the Volpi Cup Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival in Italy for her role.
Meanwhile, Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling will be honoured with Outstanding Performer of the Year awards at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The actors will be feted for their roles in new movie La La Land at Santa Barbara’s Arlington Theatre in February next year, reported Deadline.
Stone has never been honoured by festival organisers before, but Gosling received the first Cinema Vanguard Award in 2008. “Ryan and Emma’s luminous performances in La La Land remind us of the transformative and magical role of cinema,” a statement from SBIFF’s executive director Roger Durling read.