Ryan Gosling: Fake tan helped me become a banker

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 20 January 2016
Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling

Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell star in 'The Big Short' as a pair of Wall Street bankers and were made to transform themselves with fake tan for the roles

Ryan Gosling transformed himself with fake tan for his role in 'The Big Short.'

The actor reunited with his 'Crazy Stupid Love' co-star Steve Carell for the upcoming biopic about the 2008 Wall Street financial crash in the Adam McKay directed movie, which is based on Michael Lewis' tell-all book.

The pair play slick city bankers Jared Vennett and Mark Baum and the plot follows the pair as they predict the looming crisis and they both admit their costumes of flash suits and bright fake tan helped them get into character.

Ryan, 35, shared: "We tried to have a different colour tan every scene. A different shade, like one of those colour charts where you just go for every version. It was the early 2000s, so I don't think the fake tan had been perfected yet. The spray tan wasn't as nuanced as it is now."

Steve, 53, added: "Adam asked me to put on some weight, so I put on 20-25lbs. I thought, 'Oh, this is my chance to just go crazy!' They dyed my eyebrows, too, they bleached them out I was not looking my best ... But it felt right for the character."

'The Big Short' also stars Christian Bale and Brad Pitt - who was as executive producer of the producer - and Ryan was impressed with his composure on set.

In an interview with Total Film magazine, Ryan said: "As a producer, he's a very graceful guy. He would be on set but never imposing, but present, and allowing everyone to do their work, but there if you needed him. I thought he handled it well."

The Big Short

  • 4 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 10min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Adam McKay
  • Written by: Michael Lewis, Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Karen Gillan, Brad Pitt
  • UK release: 22 January 2016

In the middle of the biggest property boom in American history, a group of financial experts bets that it's all about to collapse. A righteous, angry call to arms dolled up with satirical absurdity, irony, montage, knowing cinematic and pop culture references, snappy dialogue and smoking hot performances from an…

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