Ryan Gosling regretted festooning his face with a fake tattoo for new movie The Place Beyond The Pines as he couldn't bear to look in the mirror afterwards.
The Drive star plays a motorbike rider in a traveling circus who turns to crime to help support his baby, and Gosling wanted to show his character's questionable lifestyle choices through his tattoos.
However, the actor hated the eventual design choice, a dagger dripping blood by his left eye, and even complained to director Derek Cianfrance. Nonetheless, Cianfrance was unsympathetic and ordered Gosling to put up with the fake inking.
Gosling tells Metro.us, "We wanted to make the tattoos look a mess, from someone who lived a life of not thinking things through and making bad decisions. When I went for the tattoo, I thought, this is stupid, this is dumb, I can't do this.
"And Derek was like 'Well, that's how most people feel about their face tattoos'. I didn't even want to look at myself in the mirror. I felt like I knew what he (the character) was like. When I was holding Tony Pizza, the kid who plays our child, I just felt ashamed this person I created was his father."