Ryan Gosling was nervous about filming motorcycle stunts in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'.

The actor had to get to grips with riding a bike for his new drama, in which he plays a man trying provide for his child by turning to crime, and while he was secretly delighted by the challenge, he was paranoid about falling off.

He said: ''I think you need to be scared a little bit. Once you lose the fear, you got to get off it because then your mind starts to wander and you get in trouble.

''But when I was a kid, I was walking to school and saw this guy on a motorcycle get hit by a car. He was lying on the ground, and he had blood coming out of his head.

''And my first thought was, 'I want a motorcycle.' They put some kind of spell on you. It's dangerous.''

Ryan worked closely with 'The Dark Knight Rises' stuntman Rick Miller in the run-up to filming, but he wasn't good enough to be able to pull off the trickiest stunts - much to his disappointment.

He explained to Nuts magazine: ''Unfortunately, there were a lot of things with the bike that the stunt driver Rick Miller did.

''Rick is the best there is. He and I rode motorcycles for a few months beforehand. It didn't feel like work.

''And he showed me the best that he could but these things take a lifetime to lean. I did my best, but my best wasn't good enough!''