"The Upside: We're Officially Not Pornographers...I'd Rather Them See That Than Some Kind Of, Like, Torture Porn Horror Movie"

by Ross Kenneth Urken · December 13, 2010

At the "Blue Valentine" lunch party at the Kimberly Hotel last week, Ryan Gosling cheered the fact that Harvey Weinstein had gotten the MPAA to repeal the NC-17 rating the film initially garnered.

"The upside: We're officially not pornographers."

Many critics thought the film, which features graphic sex scenes and an abortion sequence, too mature in its content for young audiences. Gosling, by contrast, trumpeted the didactic possibilities of the film's commitment to a harsh reality.

"I think that the film is about consequences and accountability," he said. "And people having sex carelessly: there's a result for that. The film takes you through the process of what the ramifications are of doing that. I can't see how that's dangerous for kids. There  are  a lot of adult themes in the film, and if they were accidentally going to see something, I'd rather them see that than some kind of, like, torture porn horror movie."

Gosling promotes straight-forward cinematic presentations that don't sugar-coat the truth.

"As a result, the film doesn't ignore the repercussionsu of yor actions, and a lot of films scurry over it," he said as he headed to the table, where he seemed to serve Julian Schnabel some salad while talking across the table to Robert Wuhl.