For everyone who complains about the lack of originality in Hollywood, Baby Driver is the cure. Edgar Wright’s newest film is a beautiful symphony of action, music and energy that is rounded up by a terrific cast that is led by Ansel Elgort.
The film is full of exciting chase sequences that only a gifted director like Wright can accomplish. One of these sequences takes place during the film’s first act, Elgort’s Baby is tasked with a job along with three bank robbers: Bats (Jamie Foxx), No-Nose (Flea) and JD (Lanny Joon).
This stylistic sequence is one of the highlights of the film, and is yet another showcase to why Wright has such a knack for action. Bringing this scene to life was a big challenge for the actors, but especially Elgort. A low-to-the-ground trailer was used for the action to give the illusion that Elgort himself was driving at high speeds while the real driver is positioned offscreen.
Elgort, Foxx, Flea and JD were required to wear seatbelts during this sequence, but decided to not wear them for one take. The four actors realized why their seatbelts were needed when they filmed their take without them fastened. Elgort recalled this experience to Entertainment Weekly:
“I thought that it would be more fun to try it out without my belt. I was like, ‘Hey Jamie, let’s try it without the belt.’ He was like, ‘You going no belt?’ I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m going no belt. Let’s do it.’ Flea was in the back seat. He was like, ‘Hey, you guys are doing no belt? Alright, fine, I’m doing no belt too.’ And then Lanny was like, ‘Dammit, now I’ve got to take my belt off!’ So, the four of us did one take with no belt, and it was very different than with the belt. Once the car tipped, we were all like — ‘Waaah!’ — holding on to s— for dear life. I ended up sitting on the middle console. I had the wheel, I turned, put my butt on the middle console as I was drifting, and then put it back. I always wear a seatbelt when I drive [in real-life]. But it definitely was fun.”
It sure looks like Wright, Elgort and the rest of the cast and crew had a blast making this movie. They seemed to have had just as much enjoyment making it as audiences have enjoyed watching it since Baby Driver is already on-track to become Wright’s most successful film at the box office.
Have you seen Baby Driver? What was your favorite sequence in the film? Also, what is your favorite film by Wright? Sound off in the comments below.
Written and directed by Edgar Wright and starring Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez and Jamie Foxx, Baby Driver is in theaters now.