Ryan Gosling has revealed he likes being part of an ensemble cast rather than the star of a film.
The Canadian actor - who has become a big player in Hollywood in films like Drive and Gangster Squad - was famously part of the Mickey Mouse Club when he was younger, along with child cast members Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, and said often performing in secondary roles to them conditioned him to consider himself an ensemble player and character actor.
"There's a lot of pressure to be the lead of a film," he said. "I have done it. It's not my favourite way to work."
Ryan will soon be seen in The Place Beyond The Pines, playing a tattooed motorbike rider in a travelling circus who, visiting an old fling (played by his real-life girlfriend, Eva Mendes), finds out he's the father of her toddler.
"One thing that kind of handed me the key to the character was that I totally overdid it with the tattoos," said the star, who has a teardrop inked beneath his left eye in the film.
"I said to Derek (director Derek Cianfrance) 'I got to lose this face tattoo. It's the worst. It's so distracting and it's going to ruin everything.'
"And he said, 'Well, I'm sure that's how people with face tattoos feel. So now you have to pay the consequences of your actions.' So I had to do the whole film with it and now see it on posters. It gave me a sense of shame that I feel was inherent to the character."