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Russell Crowe: 'Kim Basinger will always be my pal'

Published 19/05/2016

Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe
Ryan Gosling, Russell Crowe

Russell Crowe has shared his admiration for his The Nice Guys co-star Ryan Gosling's work ethic.

Russell Crowe and Kim Basinger made such a strong connection on L.A. Confidential that it's remained despite never seeing each other.

The two starred together in the double Oscar-winning movie in 1997, which includes a best supporting actress gong for Kim, and have teamed up once again for new flick The Nice Guys. While the set-up is totally different this time around, Russell admits the "intimate" bond the pair forged all those years ago has remained strong.

"It was great seeing Kim again," he smiled to Cover Media. "We were talking and realised we hadn’t been in the same room together for over a decade, but it is a very different cinematic relationship than before.

"We had so many hours together on L.A. Confidential that we had a very intimate friendship and that still remains. That is the funny thing about this business, you can go on a cycle and not see each other for years but if you connected you still connect the next time you see each other, so it was great to see her and all that but a very different work experience this time."

The Nice Guys has been one of the runaway successes of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, with the Shane Black directed comedy winning rave reviews for Russell, Ryan Gosling and new star Angourie Rice, 15.

A bromance developed between the two lead actors, and Russell couldn’t hide his admiration for his co-star when chatting about the film.

"That is an example of Ryan’s work ethic, in the audition process he researched each little girl who came in and he had a question specific to each relating to the previous experience they’ve done. It is another indicator of what he did to make people comfortable in those situations," he said.

Ryan is scheduled to join Russell at the London premiere of the film on Thursday (19May16), despite having to dash back to America and missing the British press conference earlier in the week.

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