— -- "Blade Runner 2049" star Ryan Gosling joined Jimmy Kimmel Tuesday night to promote his new film, but from the moment he sat down, he admitted that in the aftermath of Sunday night's tragedy at the Route 91 concert, it was difficult to talk about the movie.
Gosling told Kimmel he admired his monologue Monday night, saying, “I really appreciate what you said the other night about wanting to come out and tell jokes and be light, but it is getting harder and harder to do that.”
He added, “You think about all the, so many people suffering right now and all the victims of all these hurricanes and obviously this shooting and the earthquakes and… It's strange to be out talking about a film.”
Suspected gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on the music festival crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500 others on Sunday night.
Gosling asked Kimmel about his home town, saying, “It’s an interesting place to be from.”
Kimmel said that growing up in Vegas was just a normal childhood, with some exceptions.
“Instead of 9 to 5, your mom or dad might work midnight to 8 a.m.,” he said.
He also spoke about seeing iconic Las Vegas figures like Liberace and Sammy Davis Jr. and shared the story about how he first met his childhood friend and bandleader, Cleto Escobedo III.
“The Cletos and I grew up right across the street from each other in Vegas. And we've been best friends since I was 9 and Cleto was 10. When we met, I was riding a bicycle wearing boxing gloves and sunglasses at the time, which for some reason was weird,” he said.
Cleto chimed in and said, “It was a rainy day.”
“I was wearing sunglasses,” Kimmel said, laughing. “I had boxing gloves and Cleto thought there was something wrong with me.”
"Blade Runner 2049" opens Friday nationwide.