Sparks between Gosling, Blunt ignite interest in ‘The Fall Guy’

The sizzling chemistry between the two leads at the Oscars seems to carry over to the upcoming action comedy

Onnesha Rahman
Published : 3 April 2024, 01:30 PM
Updated : 3 April 2024, 01:30 PM

‘Barbenheimer’ was the biggest thing in movies last year. The unexpected double bill dominated the imagination of fans worldwide, propelling both films to massive box office success, even at the Oscars. And it was at the Oscars that a couple of stars from each film took to the stage.

Emily Blunt and Ryan Gosling are familiar faces to fans of Hollywood movies, but I had never seen them together before. Their easy, playful banter was magnetic and immediately ignited my curiosity about whether it would translate to on-screen chemistry in their upcoming collaboration The Fall Guy.

Inspired by the 1980s TV series of the same name, the movie tells the story of Colt Seavers (Ryan Gosling), a struggling stuntman past his prime who gets a shot to work on the latest blockbuster featuring action star Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). To his surprise, the film’s director is his ex-girlfriend Jody Moreno (Emily Blunt). To make things worse, Tom suddenly vanishes under mysterious circumstances. Colt, driven by honour and lingering affection, embarks on a mission to find Tom and salvage Jody’s film.

But, what begins as a man-hunt soon turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse as long-buried secrets surface and plunge characters into deadly peril.

The trailer shows Gosling in top form, melding his action chops from Drive and The Grey Man with the comedic touches from Barbie and The Nice Guys. His connection with Blunt is clear even among the quick snippets and snappy edits. The frisson between the two is undeniable.

The project is in the sturdy hands of director David Leitch, whose filmography includes John Wick, Deadpool 2, and Nobody.

The Fall Guy promises an action-packed ride full of thrills, witty banter, and sizzling chemistry. The two trailers have already racked up millions of views and for good reason. I’m eagerly anticipating the film’s blend of sharp action with humour and relatable characters.

The Fall Guy premiers on May 3 and I, for one, will be early in line for a ticket.

This article is part of Stripe,'s special publication focusing on culture and society from a youth perspective.