Cannes festival director Thierry Fremaux, right, reads a letter from actor Ryan Gosling explaining why he could not attend the festival, as director Nicolas Winding Refn, centre, and actress Kristen Scott Thomas listen during a press conference for the film Only God Forgives at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)
CANNES, France (AP) — The Cannes Film Festival is missing one of its biggest stars of this year's festival: Ryan Gosling.
The actor was unable to attend the premiere Wednesday of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives." Gosling stars in the Bangkok noir about a brother pressured by his mother to his avenge is his sibling's murder.
Cannes director Thierry Fremaux read a letter from Gosling apologizing for his absence. The actor is currently in Detroit shooting his directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster."
His absence is a blow to the festival, which depends on stars to walk its red carpet and draw the world's media attention to the annual French Riviera extravaganza.
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