Baby Driver Director Edgar Wright was part of a Q&A session at Sydney’s Event Cinema for the premiere of the film.
He shared an engaging and insightful discussion on how Baby Driver went from a vision in his mind, to the current day hit.
Here are some things we learned from the man himself…
1. Dr George Miller saw a very early cut of Baby Driver, and bonded with Edgar over their love of Walter Hill.
In a Q&A session at the Sydney premiere, Edgar revealed that George Miller (director of the original Mad Max films) was one of the first people to see a completed cut, saying that “If George Miller likes it, then I’m good!”
Later on, Edgar explained how his study of Walter Hill‘s 1978 The Driver script was something he and George bonded over, as he discovered George had studied Hill’s Alien script for Mad Max 2. “It’s so strange that 35 years apart, we were both influenced by the same writer/director.”
2. The idea for Baby Driver came from a vision Edgar had when was 21, after hearing the song Bellbottoms by The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.
“I was 21 and broke, living in London and trying to get into the film industry…But I just couldn’t listen to the song without thinking about this car chase. It’s almost like having the action version of synesthesia, there was this image that I just couldn’t get out of my head. So at some point, I had to kind of come up with a movie that would go with this vision. And this is that movie.”
3. His research for Baby Driver included an American road trip, and interviewing real-life getaway drivers and bank robbers…
Edgar explained that as an “English, middle-class kid”, there were things he needed to experience before writing the script. One of these was taking a road-trip from New York to Los Angeles.
But the most instrumental research Edgar conducted for the script was interviewing ex-bank robbers and getaway drivers, including a man who later became a script consultant for the film.
One of the most important things he learned was that in real life, getaway drivers usually drive every day cars that would blend into traffic, rather than muscle cars or sports cars that cost $200,000.
4. … Some of their quotes ended up in the film itself.
By asking questions like, “Would you ever listen to music on the way to a heist?”, Edgar added some of these interesting replies into the script.
He explained that one man answered, “On the way to a heist? No never. I’ve got enough demons up here making music.” Another said that ‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ was playing on the radio before a job, and one of the guys in the back started freaking out saying it was “a jinx song”.
Both of these quotes were later used by Jamie Foxx’s character in the film.
Baby Driver is in cinemas now.