The Time Adam McKay and Ryan Gosling Ended Up in a Graveyard With a Sack of Hamburgers

Matthew Belloni
Ryan Gosling; Adam McKay

"We go and we sit there in a rainy graveyard for two hours, just talk about acting."

When the cast of the Big Short spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about making the film, based on Michael Lewis' bestselling book, Ryan Gosling revealed a fun tidbit about director Adam McKay.

"Adam will only talk to you if you bring a bag of hamburgers and you go to a graveyard," said Gosling.

McKay said the story sounds crazier than it actually is.

"When you're on the set, there's a crew around you," McKay explained. "And I want to have time with the actor. I want somewhere that's quiet. And usually we're hungry."

The director said he came up with a creative solution to share notes with his actors.

"So I get a sack full of hamburgers and I'll look for a graveyard," he said. "We go and we sit there in a rainy graveyard for two hours, just talk about acting. [In New Orleans,] there are graveyards everywhere."

The director said that once, he took Christian Bale into a boiler room for three hours and "screamed at him, mostly in German."

Bale said the talk "really helped." He said, "I got it."

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