Vithaya Pansringam has the honour of beating Ryan Gosling into a sorry mess. "I feel privileged!" says the 54-year-old kendo expert, ballet school administrator and now first-bill actor of the film Only God Forgives. "Usually, Ryan beats people into a pulp _ did you see Drive? Well, this time he got it, and I got away!"
Vithaya Pansrigram plays a mysterious ex-cop in Only God Forgives , which will premier at the Cannes Film Festival.
Gosling's magnificently bruised face, eyelids inflamed into fleshly hoods, had a near-iconic quality when the poster of the film first came out two months ago. Shortly thereafter, the international trailer _ with Thai lettering included _ was released, featuring Vithaya, Gosling and Kristin Scott Thomas in a suggestion of feverish, redemptive violence. From then on Only God Forgives has generated a huge buzz and become one of the most expected movies of the year. At this point, we're not quite sure what causes such photogenic injuries to the Gosling character, a gangster who endures a misadventure in Bangkok, but it's likely that Vithaya's has a hand in it.