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Ryan Gosling has been in the spotlight for nearly two decades, but the actor has managed to stay away from the action-packed 007 roles so far. That will change with the upcoming Netflix film The gray man, where all the focus will be on Gosling and his fast CIA assassin skills. Gosling plays Court Gentry, a CIA mercenary who goes rogue after discovering dark agency secrets. As a result, Gentry is forced to go on the run and evade government assassins led by Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans).

Gosling admits it took him a while to star in a big-budget action film, but the actor says he “just had to find the right one.” In an interview with ET, The gray man star talks about his role in the Netflix film and how it resembles the films he grew up watching.

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“You know, I’ve always wanted to do an action film because they made me fall in love with films. It just took me a long time to find the right one, you know. [This movie] is like the movies I grew up with. It’s like the action movies of the 80’s and 90’s [vibe]it’s fun, the characters [have a] humor about the situations. It’s an escape movie and I really liked the character. It was like a spy who doesn’t want to be a spy who prefers to stay home and watch Netflix like the rest of us. You know he doesn’t want anything to do with it, but he has to. So it made an interesting life and it made him an interesting character to play with.”

It only took Gosling 20 years to find an action role worthy of his presence, but the actor couldn’t be more excited that people are seeing him in the role. The gray man hits theaters on July 15 and hits Netflix a week later on July 22.

The gray man is just days away and hitting theaters this Friday, and Ryan Gosling may still be sore from the training required for the role. In the same interview with ET, Gosling said a lot of preparation went into the role and he didn’t realize how many people he would be sharing his character with.

“It was a very physical role, so there was a lot [preparing and working out]and you know, it was just a physical challenge in every way.”

Gosling was also surprised by the stunt crew and the sheer number of people it took to pull off Court Gentry.

“What I didn’t realize was how many people it takes to make an action hero. It seems like I do all of these things, and yes I do some of them, but we had an incredible stunt team and an incredible special effects team.”

Fans don’t have to wait long to see how Gosling and his stunt doubles handled the action The gray man Release in two days, on July 15th. You can check out the latest trailer for the new Netflix movie below.

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