Ryan Gosling’s new movie Only God Forgives has been booed at its Canne Film Festival premiere.
During a press screening for his upcoming film, reviewers reportedly lambasted the movie and booed throughout Gosling’s performance.
Audience members credit the gratuitous violence and disturbing dialogue for the film’s negative feedback.
The super-violent film features violent torture scenes in which a man is attacked with razor-sharp steel chopsticks and another in which another man has his arm severed by a sword.
Gosling is seen at one point dragging a man down a hallway by his jaw, and in another he puts his hand into the brutally murdered body of a woman.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, who won the ‘Best Director’ prize at the 2011 festival for Drive, the film has received considerably mixed reviews.
However, Vulture has since reported that the film was even booed by critics due to the extreme violence portrayed in the movie.
Kyle Buchanan began his review by saying: “To judge from the boos and whistles after the Only God Forgives screening today, I wouldn’t exactly lay odds on a ‘Best Director’ repeat for Refn.”
He added later: “When one character stuck his hand inside a woman’s slashed body, the audience locked and loaded its boos. Gosling doesn’t have much to say in this movie, but the auditorium sure did.”
Scott Thomas has said that the movie is “really not [her] sort of thing”, and that she only took on the role because it was directed by Refn.
Gosling was not in attendance at the screening because he’s in Detroit, Michigan, filming his directorial debut.
He sent a letter in his absence, which read: “Can’t believe I’m not in Cannes. I was hoping to come but I’m on week three shooting my film in Detroit.
“Miss you all. Nicolas, my friend, we really are the same persons in different dimensions. I’m sending you good vibrations.”
Only God Forgives will open in US cinemas on July 19 and in the UK on August 2.