Ryan Gosling has told how he helped Kristin Scott Thomas come up with ways to insult him in their new film.
The Drive star plays a drug-smuggling mother's boy in Only God Forgives, and in one scene his character is humiliated by his mother (Kristin) at dinner.
Ryan said the embarrassments heaped on his character - including comments about his anatomical shortcomings - weren't originally in the script.
"She had to emasculate me and so she asked me to help, which I thought was funny. We just worked together and I told her all the things that she could say to me that would be sort of castrating," he said. "She has that whole crazy rant."
Bel Ami star Kristin said: "All I can remember was there was these huge pages and pages of words, and some of them were very, very difficult to say. He came up with that dialogue, believe me."
Kristin said it takes a certain type of actor to be able to handle some of the more sensitive comments hurled at his character.
"You can rely on him. He's not going to flake. He's not going to suddenly stop being in the scene. He's not going to judge you by the way you're interpreting something," she explained. "To have somebody that I could completely rely on to be there and not kind of laugh ... was sort of helpful."
The actress added that while it was fun to play the villainous character, the darkness in her character's soul was "debilitating and wears you down".