All my characters are me. I’m not a good enough actor to become a character. I hear about actors who become the role and I think ‘I wonder what that feels like’. Because for me, they’re all me. I relate to these characters because aspects of their personality are like me. And I just turn up the parts of myself that are them and turn down the parts that aren’t. - Ryan Gosling
And what should we learn from you, Daniel?
Kill your enemy. The Believer (2001)
Ryan Gosling || The Believer.
We have nothing to learn from these people. They should learn from us.
Underrated, Underappreciated Films You Need to See
Daniel: ”You wanna know the real reason why we hate them? Because they exist. We have all the reasons we need in three simple letters. J-E-W… Jew! You say it a million times, it’s the one word that never loses its meaning.”
The Believer (Henry Bean, 2001)
I’m going to be upfront about this- it is not an easy film to get through. In fact, the first hour is unpleasant and pretty volatile. The subject matter (religion and anti-semitism) is very sensitive and the main character is also based on KKK member, Dan Burros. Ryan Gosling gives an intense performance (I’d say the best of his career) playing a Jewish Neo-Nazi, who struggles to find his true identity and continues to question the meaning of Judaism.