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The song that begat 'Baby Driver,' a quasi-musical on wheels

The song that begat 'Baby Driver,' a quasi-musical on wheels

This image released by Sony Pictures shows Ansel Elgort, right, and Jamie Foxx in a scene from "Baby Driver", in theaters on August 11. A DJ himself, Elgort looks set to be the breakout star of the summer.

Promotional materials for Baby Driver have been steadily dripping onto Chinese social media and film news outlets for months, with many local media reports suggesting the film has a strong chance of making it to Chinese mainland theaters. Edgar [Wright, director] is awesome. It's a language. It was really cool.

Tell us about your character.

Once again, he's playing a quiet guy - Elgort stars as Baby, a skilled wheelman, coerced into paying off a debt to a crime boss. First, there's the time spent on making Baby a character worth rooting for: vulnerable yet athletic, handsome yet at the same time geeky: when he isn't driving a vehicle sidways, he also has a odd penchant for recording bits of conversation and then turning them into experimental pieces of electronic music.

"It was one of those days that you'd ask yourself if you were on an acid with the music and the gunshots and people running all over the place", says the tall Mexican-born actress. I finally got it in March.

"As well as the incredible ensemble, I wanted to have lots of musicians in supporting parts", said Wright. "Edgar is sort of a very Blues Explosion kind of director - sort of post-modern, post-genre, everything is kind of amped up". In terms of my two careers, though, I don't see a reason why I'd ever have to choose. He never works with the same band of thieves except for Baby, who has become a good-luck charm.

It's one of the drawbacks as life as a filmmaker: you can sink months or even years of your life into a screenplay that will never be sold or a movie project that will never go into production.

Are you ready to be driven wild by Ansel Elgort's Baby Driver?

"Oh man, I can't stand LA traffic". About 10 years ago the director drove from NY to L.A., and the experience had an impact on the film.

"We actually shot in a real maximum-security prison, which was weird and scary".

What was your biggest takeaway from the whole experience? To be honest, I would have done even more.

Hollywood funnyman Jamie Foxx is showing no signs of slowing down.

"We cleared it all before we started shooting but that meant on the set we could play the songs so the actors could hear them".

"Whenever I would hear it I imagined this vehicle chase, but this is before I was a director or anything", says the filmmaker, now 43, but he really didn't have a story. You might have a great movie to show for it. There's also a handful of fairly expendable characters that Spacey's "Doc" hires who feel little more than caricatures, but this is expected in a film dealing with the criminal underworld. And the clever incorporation of music into the narrative makes this film very interesting. "I thought: What a waste".

Wright had to secure his soundtrack's rights before shooting; numerous songs, like the Blues Explosion one, were cleared years ago.



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