“I’ve been thinking about a bank robbery my whole life,” Gosling told The Daily Telegraph, “and I finally got to do it.”
To make it more realistic, Cianfrance and Gosling filmed the bank robbery scene in one take at a real-life bank, with real customers and bank staff looking on. But Gosling didn't get quite the reaction he expected.
“I’m there with the gun and I look down and people are just smiling. They were just enjoying the show and I think I spotted someone filming me on their camera phone as I robbed the place,” he said.
“I loved making this movie. Initially, I just thought I got to rob banks on a bike, but actually it goes much, much deeper than that," he added.
"The Place Beyond the Pines" is in theaters now. Watch the film's opening scene and trailer below: