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Ryan Gosling Is Beaten Bloody in 'Only God Forgives' Poster (Photo)

Reunited with his "Drive" director, Gosling plays a boxer who clearly suffers some physical duress in the upcoming Thailand-set film.

Ryan Gosling Only God Forgives Poster - P 2012

This is not going to help Ryan Gosling's populist "Sexiest Man Alive" campaign.

The Oscar-nominated actor, reunited with Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, is seen with a badly bludgeoned face in a new poster for their next collaboration, Only God Forgives. In the Thailand-set film, Gosling plays a boxing gym-running crime lord who must seek out revenge for his brother's death, and clearly, the comeuppance is not delivered without some difficulty.

He had to learn Muay Thai boxing for the role -- and presumably, is set up with weapons more advanced than the hammer with which he beat a man in his last collaboration with Winding Refn.

Gosling, after a quiet 2012, will also star in the delayed Gangster Squad and The Place Beyond the Pines next year.