Ryan Gosling: NC-17 rating on 'Blue Valentine' is a 'buzzkill' [video]
When "Blue Valentine" was slapped with an NC-17 rating last month, many in the industry were stunned — including Ryan Gosling, who stars in the film opposite Michelle Williams and said he found the MPAA's decision confounding.
"It's a buzzkill, you know?" he told reporters on the red carpet Saturday in Hollywood at AFI Fest, where the film was screening. "We worked so hard ... and it's about to come out, and they hit us with that, which means that so many people can't see the film. It really limits us."
When one journalist suggested that the Oscar buzz surrounding the movie might help get the word out about it, Gosling scoffed. Awards chatter, he said, means nothing if movie theaters refuse to screen the film altogether because of its NC-17 rating — which means the movie includes "violence or sex or aberrational behavior or drug abuse or any other elements which, when present, most parents would consider too strong and therefore off-limits for viewing by their children," according to the MPAA's website.
"It helps you know about it, but if you can't go see it, what good does that do?" he asked. "The rating really hurts your chances of getting into theaters so people can see the film."
Director Derek Cianfrance, who spent over a decade trying to get the film made, also said he found the rating shocking because he doesn't view it as an "exploitation film."
"We're still fighting it," he said of the MPAA ruling. "Hopefully, we can get in with an R rating so people can see the film. Because that's the biggest bummer of it all ... I think anyone can watch it and see something in there that they can relate to — that they can see themselves in."
— Amy Kaufman
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