Ryan Gosling dirty and greasy on the set of Drive. I’ll give you a minute.

His other film Blue Valentine screened today at the London Film Festival represented by co-star Michelle Williams. She’s there shooting her Marilyn Monroe project, explains the shock blonde hair. It’s severe but on her I like it very much.

Sarah wrote the other day about Blue Valentine’s NC-17 rating – click here for a refresher. Since the announcement, many many people have voiced their disapproval of the MPAA’s decision. And Harvey Weinstein has countered now with an appeal. They will fight the decision:

“We want to express our deepest gratitude to our colleagues in the industry and in the media for their recent outpouring of support for Derek Cianfrance’s Blue Valentine after the film surprisingly received an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. We are taking every possible step to contest the MPAA’s decision. We respect the work of the MPAA and we hope, after having a chance to sit down with them, they will see that our appeal is reasonable, and the film, which is an honest and personal portrait of a relationship, would be significantly harmed by such a rating.”

I’ve seen the film, as have many of my colleagues during TIFF and before that at other film festivals, and no one can understand it. It’s a preposterous rating, truly baffling, and while it’s a difficult film, extremely raw and uncomfortable, it is by no means offensive or disturbing. To echo Sarah’s sentiment, please do see Blue Valentine, whatever the ratings ends up being.

Photos from Wenn.com and Splashnewsonline.com