They are tipped for Oscar glory next month for their new film La La Land, but it seems Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone had some trouble when making the critically acclaimed movie. During an appearance on Friday's upcoming Graham Norton Show, the Hollywood stars reveal how they almost killed Singin' in the Rain icon Gene Kelly's dog.
Discussing the moment they met Gene's widow Patricia Ward, Ryan revealed their introduction almost ended in disaster. "We went to meet her, which was wonderful and she shared a lot of his stories," he explained. "But, after this magical night we managed to let her little dog out on to the street. We were running in and out of traffic trying to catch it and there was a moment when Damien (Chazelle) looked and me and said, 'We will not kill Gene Kelly’s widow’s dog!'"
Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone revealed they nearly killed Gene Kelly's widow's dog
Musical La La Land, which won seven awards including best musical or comedy film at the Golden Globes on Sunday, tells the story a struggling actress Mia Dolan (Emma) and a dedicated musician, Sebastian Wilder (Ryan) who are struggling to make ends meet before falling in love.
When asked about learning to dance separately from Ryan, Golden Globe winner Emma confessed it was a "little bit of a mind game". She explained: "I would go to my tap dancing lessons every day and I was learning these primitive moves and every day I would ask how Ryan was doing, and they would say, 'He is really good, he is amazing, he's exceeding our expectations.' So for two months I thought he was the best dancer of all time and I was failing miserably. Then they put us together and I was like, 'I've got this!'"
The award-winning stars appear in the critically acclaimed La La Land
Ryan added: "I've never had this experience but I can only imagine if a possum fell out of a tree, landed on my head and tried to scratch my eyes out it would be something similar!" Finishing the story, Emma noted: "I went into full melt down, I had to lie down and watch Labyrinth while crying!"
The stars, who also starred opposite each other in Crazy, Stupid, Love, will appear on the red sofa with Oscar-winning actor and director Ben Affleck and his Live By Night co-star Sienna Miller, with music from American singer songwriter Gregory Porter.
The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, 13th January BBC One 10.35pm