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07th Apr 2023

A sequel to this Russell Crowe cult classic could be on the way

Stephen Porzio

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The Oscar-winner confirmed he has talked to his co-star in the movie about a follow-up and that they’ve even come up with a potential title.

Starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, 2016’s buddy action comedy The Nice Guys earned a ton of acclaim from critics but was sadly not a box-office hit.

Set in Los Angeles in the ’70s, the movie focuses on a down-on-his-luck private eye (Gosling) and a tough enforcer for hire (Crowe) who wind up teaming together to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl (Margaret Qualley).

Co-written and directed by Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), The Nice Guys’ stylish period setting and witty screenplay, along with the great chemistry between its two stars, led it to earn a 91% Rotten Tomatoes score. However, it was less successful financially upon its initial release, grossing only $62.8 million on a $50 million budget.

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Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling in The Nice Guys

Despite this though, the film has attracted a devoted cult following in the seven years since it arrived in cinemas, with many calling for a sequel. Appearing on KFC Radio to promote his new horror The Pope’s Exorcist, Crowe was asked about a Nice Guys follow-up, to which he replied:

“Oddly enough you bring it up, it was probably 10 days ago, Ryan and I exchanged texts about, you know, people keep asking for this.

“There was an article printed that said he was doing it. So, I texted him saying: ‘Is that happening?’ and he goes: ‘No man, I wouldn’t do that without discussing it with you’ and I just said: ‘Well, it keeps coming up’.

“It’s one of those things, the same is true with Master and Commander I think as well, the brand is way stronger and bigger now than it was.”

Crowe even said he and Gosling had come up with a title for a potential sequel that used to make them “laugh”.

“I don’t know what this means. I don’t know what the plot is. Don’t ask me for any details,” he explained.

“But if we were going to do a second one, we wanted to call it: Nice Guys: Mexican Detectives.

“It’s me, Ryan. Somehow we’ve got to pretend we’re Mexican detectives.”

Crowe was also full of praise for Gosling, calling him “one of the greatest comedians” he has ever met. The Oscar-winner said that while he prides himself on being able to stay focused while filming scenes, Gosling often made him corpse.

“He can just wind me up. He can get me, not just laughing, he gets me giggling like I’m in f*****g primary school,” he said.

“He is so absurd, his humour, and his timing is so beautiful.”

JOE also got to speak to Crowe about his lead role in The Pope’s Exorcist, which is out in cinemas now. He told us about his time shooting the horror in Ireland and a creepy experience he had while filming the movie.

You can watch the full interview right here:

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