There's a long, rich tradition of gooning in Hollywood, one you can trace all the way back to Dennis Hopper's remarkable portrayal of Goon in the 1955 classic "Rebel Without a Cause."
Actor/comedian/goon-for-hire Derek Mears is a student of history, a man who clearly respects the goons who came before him while looking at himself as a role model for a new generation of goons being ushered in. His dedication shines through in the new shoot-em-up "Gangster Squad," in which Mears appears opposite Sean Penn, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling in the vital role of "Bridge Goon."
NextMovie was granted exclusive access to Derek for an in-depth discussion about his gooning inspirations, mastering the craft of gooning (and specifically, method gooning), and the scent of Ryan Gosling.
Had you had much experience gooning prior to your stint as Bridge Goon in "Gangster Squad"?
Yes, I've made an acting career out of it.
Had you spent much time hanging out under bridges?
Are you asking me if I sell drugs? I do not.
Who are some of the all-time great screen goons you looked to for inspiration?
Gonna have to say "The Goonies." This isn't a normal interview, is it?
Of course it is. You've played Jason Voorhees, Mosh Tendrils ("Men in Black II"), Large Henchman ("MacGruber") and Little Ed on "Saved by the Bell: The New Class." Where does the role of Bridge Goon rank among your career accomplishments?
What does Ryan Gosling smell like?
You've also co-starred with Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean." Same question.
What does Ryan Gosling smell like? Like I said, success. Thought you were going to ask me a question about Johnny?
Never mind. How gangster is Sean Penn, on a scale from Ray Romano to Joe Pesci?
Didn't have a scene with him. So I'm guessing an environmentally conscious Joe Pesci.
You're a pretty imposing figure. Have you ever accidentally given a little old lady a heart attack?
No, not "accidentally."
Next up this year you have "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters." But I notice you play a character named Edward. Was there no need for a Bridge Goon?
Kinda want to give you throat hug with my hand right now.
And then you're Cyclops in "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters." Same question.
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