Watch: Ryan Gosling Gets An Acting Lesson, Boxes Shirtless

If anyone can get away with sneaking in a few giggles during a serious lesson from his director, it’s Ryan Gosling.

In this behind-the-scenes clip from Gosling’s next picture, Only God Forgives, the Canadian actor listens closely as Nicholas Winding Refn compares violence to sex.

“It’s all about the buildup, it’s like the climax itself . . . to make it dirty, you need interesting, never-seen-before violence,” says Refn, who also directed Gosling in 2011’s Drive.

Cut to: a few precious seconds of Gosling boxing. Shirtless.

Only God Forgives will screen at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival later this month before getting a nationwide release on July 19.

In other Gosling news, the 32-year-old began production on his directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster, on Thursday. The film stars Christina Hendricks and Gosling’s real life leading lady Eva Mendes.