La La Land: Is That Really Ryan Gosling Playing the Piano?!
La La Land is the most enchanting movie of the year, but besides the singing and dancing, one particular element will dazzle you: Ryan Gosling’s piano skills. He plays a struggling jazz purist in the film, and there are some musical scenes that may cause you to wonder if it’s really Gosling playing, or a body double. Shocking as it may be, it’s definitely Gosling playing the whole time!
“In fact, there’s not a single close-up shot of [the character] Sebastian’s hands in the entire movie that’s a piano double,” director Damian Chazelle said, at a press event for the movie. “It’s all Ryan.” Even John Legend, who has a smaller part in the film, was impressed: “I was jealous, man,” he said. “Watching him play, I was like, ‘Wow, this guy is really good and he just learned this in the last few months.’ It’s pretty amazing.”