Email This Post HomeHumorRyan Gosling nearly lost Drive to Marcel Marceau Amy Vansant February 6, 2012 Humor 10 Comments Little Known Ryan Gosling Fact: While Ryan Gosling is to silent stares what Captain Kirk was to strategically torn Starfleet uniforms, people don’t realize how close the new Hollywood heartthrob came to losing the part of “Driver” (the quiet badass in the movie Drive). The part was originally written for famous French mime Marcel Marceau, who died in 2007, forcing producers to hire Ryan Gosling. Below we have some of the original script (featuring Marcel) paired with the final script featuring Ryan Gosling. Would it have been a different movie? You be the judge. See if you can spot the subtle differences: Marcel Marceau As Driver Ryan Gosling As Driver Driver gets a non-descript car scene:Shannon: You look like a zombie kid. You gettin’ some sleep? Can I offer you any Benzedrine, Dexadrine, Caffine, Nicotine … Oh you don’t smoke, that’s right, better off. There she is! Chevy Impala. The most popular car in the state of California. No one will be looking at you. (throws car keys to driver) Driver:(Pretending to fight an imaginary heavy wind as he moves toward Shannon. Catches car keys) Driver gets a non-descript car scene:Shannon: You look like a zombie kid. You gettin’ some sleep? Can I offer you any Benzedrine, Dexadrine, Caffine, Nicotine … Oh you don’t smoke, that’s right, better off. There she is! Chevy Impala. The most popular car in the state of California. No one will be looking at you. (throws car keys to driver) Driver:(Stares. Catches keys) Driver meets Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) for the first time: Bernie: Nice to meet you. (puts out hand to shake) Driver: (Leans on an imaginary lampost. Stares.) Driver meets Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) for the first time: Bernie: Nice to meet you. (puts out hand to shake) Driver: (Stares.) Driver confronts Standard about being beat up: Standard: You going to go beat them up for me, hey stunt guy? Why the f– do you want to know who they are? HuSh? Driver: (Climbs an imaginary ladder. Stares.) Driver confronts Standard about being beat up: Standard: You going to go beat them up for me, hey stunt guy? Why the f– do you want to know who they are? Huh? Driver: (Stares.) Driver finds himself in elevator with killer: Driver: (Pretends to be trapped in invisible box, killer is delighted by the irony that they ARE already in a box and can’t bring himself to hurt Driver.) Driver finds himself in elevator with killer:Driver: (Attacks killer and kicks his skull into pulp with boot heel.) About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. 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Now I can take “Get lance to punch himself in the face” off my to do list for 2012! 😉 0 likes Reply Carrie - Cannibalistic Nerd February 6, 2012 Yeah, Ryan just couldn’t get the trapped in a box bit right, so they just said, “ok, kick in his face with the boot.” Then, they had to go back and re-film all the previous scenes. What could have been… 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant February 7, 2012 Little known fact: Kicking someone’s skull into pulp USED to be part of the mime’s repertoire, but was outlawed in 1866. 0 likes Reply Jen February 7, 2012 This is too funny. I haven’t seen Drive yet and am wondering if I should. I do quite like Ryan Gosling but I think that has more to do with his abs than anything else. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant February 7, 2012 You will be sadly disappointed. Virtually no skin. It’s a good movie, but he is a silent sonuvabitch through most of it. (obviously) 0 likes Reply Christine February 7, 2012 I think I’ve already missed too much of the Ryan Gosling train to catch up now….so I think I might have preferred the version with the late great MM. 0 likes Reply Mayor Gia February 7, 2012 HAHHAHAHA I JUST watched drive over the weekend. How bizarre! Weird and kind of artsy or something and then SUPER gory. Lots of pensive Ryan shots. Not sure how I felt about it overall. 0 likes Reply Brandon, The Ho from Idaho February 7, 2012 Is it just me, or does Ryan look even whiter than Marcel Marceau? Even with the facepaint… Speaking of, they should be making a movie about MM’s life soon. Someone just hand the script to Mr G and get it over with… 0 likes Reply Jen Has A Pen February 8, 2012 There is nothing Ryan Gosling does that I’m mad at. And honestly, I’m starting to feel the same way about you. 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