Hey girl, I can’t make it to Cannes.
That’s basically the gist of the letter Ryan Gosling had director Nicolas Refn read at the premiere of their Thai boxing drama, Only God Forgives. When the film — Gosling and Refn’s second collaboration, following 2011’s rave-reviewed Drive — hit the silver screen at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, Gosling’s baby blues were sadly no where in sight.
“I can’t believe that I’m not in Cannes with you,” Gosling wrote, apologizing for his agonizing absence from the famed fest. “I was hoping to be coming but I am in the third week of shooting my movie. I miss you all.”
“Nicolas, my friend, we really are the same, simply in different worlds and I am sending you good vibrations. I’m with you all,” continued the note, leaving Gos lovers everywhere wishing they were on the receiving end of those “good vibrations.”
After announcing he’s taking a break from acting (tear), Gosling, 32, has taken this talents behind the camera. Earlier this month, he began production on his directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster, a fantasy-thriller — which he penned himself — starring The Host’s SaoirseRonan, Mad Men‘s Christina Hendricks and Gos’ real-life leading lady, Eva Mendes.
His helm kept him from soaking up the Cannes spotlight for the second time in three years — he last popped by the French fest for Drive. Gosling’s absence leaves a hole — about the size of his bulging bicesp, we’d imagine — in Only God Forgive‘s publicity push ahead of its nationwide release on July 19.
But more importantly, there’s a hole in our hearts: This means there will be no snaps of a suited-up Gos on the Croisette for us fans to drool over. How will we make it through? We’ll have to wait for some more of this.