The Oscar-nominated actor, who plays a Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver, said that he and director Nicolas Winding Refn wanted to bring a "fairytale" element to Hossein Amini's script.
"What we wanted to make was a violent John Hughes movie that was a fairytale about a guy who drives around listening to music at night because that's the only way he can feel anything," he told The Playlist.
Gosling added that his character, known only as 'The Driver', has a superhero outfit in the form of a satin scorpion jacket.
"[He's] a guy who's seen so many movies that he turned himself into his own superhero and made his own superhero costume [scorpion jacket], so that's what excited us and Hoss helped us to realise that," he explained.
Carey Mulligan, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brook co-star in Drive. The movie opens in US cinemas this Friday and will debut in the UK on September 23.
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