Russell also made an appearance on The Ellen Show, airing today, where he talked about a dinner he and Ryan had years ago.
“I called him and we made this little arrangement and lets get together and talk about this project. Just a quiet little intimate dinner. Me and my wife, I was married at the time, and you and your lady. And he was like cool, that would be so cool, just the four of us. So I told the wife on this date we’re going to have dinner with Ryan Gosling. She goes oh cool she didn’t really say much. But on the day, I was talking to her and she had invited 12 of her girlfriends. So I’ve told this idea to Ryan that he’s going to be having this little intimate dinner, but now I’ve got my wife and 12 and plus her mother. Her mother is now coming to the dinner and I’m like you can’t do that. I can’t do that. Well I can’t have him walk into the room with his girlfriend where there’s like sixteen women. So I re-balanced it. I started calling blokes. I called RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan. I called Eli Roth I called all his friends and got them all together. So Ryan walks into the room expecting this intimate dinner party and there’s 30 people. I didn’t get to explain to him why until a couple years later when we actually started working together. I said, look mate you got to get along with the wife,” Russell said on the show.