Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling, and Nicolas’s wife Liv Corfixen at the Hua Hin International Film Festival
“It was very expensive for us paying off the cops, because we needed the security, especially because we were firing guns at the closing time. I didn’t have the money basically to hire all the extra help that was needed. I was contacted by Hua Hin Film Festival and they asked, would Ryan and I go to red carpet, and like, appear at the festival. And they said, “We’ll pay you.” I think it was 20 thousand dollars. And I went, “Well, how about we turn that twenty into a hundred?” And they were like, “Do you promise to show up?” “We will show up for sure!” So we agreed on that. We came up to Hua Hin and then they’re taking 10% because of taxes, which was just kind of ironic, cause all cash, but alright, we had to sign a slip. But then we had 90 thousand dollars. I was like, ” I’ve never counted [wishpers] 90 thousand dollars. What even it feels like?” And I said, “I wanna count it!” So I was sitting in a hotel room in Hua Hin, counting 90 thousand dollars to pay off the cops [laughs] at first to be able to shoot." - Nicolas Winding Refn's commentary on Only God Forgives.