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Eva Mendes Talks "Place Beyond the Pines"

In a recent interview with Moviefone, Eva Mendes discussed her upcoming film, “The Place Beyond the Pines.”

“It’s a thought-provoking film that feels authentic and creates a dialogue. I wanted to go out for this role, and [Director Derek Cianfrance] didn’t feel I was right for it,” said Mendes to MovieFone. “I said, “That’s crazy, I want to go in and audition for it.”

The attractive Cuban-American actress plays a character that viewers of some of her previous films, including “2 Fast 2 Furious and “All About The Benjamins,” have not seen before.

“It was really great because it challenged me in a way,” said Mendes.

“…When I showed up to [Cinafrance’s] casting office in L.A., I showed up looking completely different than what you see me today — crazy, weird head full of mousse, no make-up. When I was waiting for him in the lobby he came out and passed me. He didn’t know it was me, and I was like “Yes! That’s a great sign.”

Although Mendes calls the new film “though-provoking” (it’s about a motorcyclist whose one-night stand with a waitress impacts everyone around him), the 39-year-old hasn’t won any accolades for her previous works, aside from the Capri Global Award back in 2005.

To date, none of her performances have truly depicted anything profound or stellar, but perhaps her latest film will be different.

The film’s cast includes Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) and Mendes’s real-life boyfriend Ryan Gosling (The Notebook).

“The Place Beyond the Pines” hits theaters nationwide on March 29th.

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