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

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

He listens constantly to music - to drown out the sound.

Ansel Elgort plays a fresh-faced getaway driver who obsessively syncs his auto chases to the music on his iPod.

Starring Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Jon Bernthal, and Eiza González.

Wright had the idea for the movie when he was 22 while listening to "Bellbottoms", a insane, driving rock number by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

"I was watching the monitor and the first take I thought this is really good, but I was like wait this is my movie, it is insane!"

The 23-year-old actor plays the part of Baby - a music-loving getaway driver for a bank robbing crew - in the new movie, and because his on-character suffers from the condition known as tinnitus, which impairs hearing, Ansel needed to learn sign language for the role.

Still, it took him more time to get it to the screen because of other commitments. The right turn he made in what appeared to be a sleepy village cop movie with "Hot Fuzz" created cinematic whiplash. Then came years writing and developing Marvel's "Ant-Man". The action-thriller, which was shot in the USA city of Atlanta, features plenty of vehicle chases set against an eclectic soundtrack. I just started to visualize this auto chase.

What would you tell people about Baby Driver?

"That's when we did the stunt with the vehicle that drove up the wall". His condition is one of the aftereffects of an auto accident that killed his parents when he was a kid.

Baby Driver will probably make Elgort a bona fide movie star, but he's got so many other irons in the fire (especially with music) he may not stop long enough to notice. It comes across as the ideal background music for this wild and insane world.

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"I wanted to do Broadway very badly".

The tunes in "Baby Driver" aren't all headbangers, though.

The song? "Easy" by the Commodores, one of Elgort's childhood favorites. However, this is so much more than a disposable popcorn movie - the characters are what keep you invested when the action dies down.

While no one is dancing in "Baby Driver", almost everything is choreographed, whether it's a shoot-up or a scene where Baby slips effortlessly through a crowd on his way to the diner where he meets Debora (James), a waitress he falls for. During every action sequence, the percussive bursts from firearms, explosions, and punches act like musical stings akin to a live band improvising their own notes over a pre-recorded track, with none of these beats feeling out of place. "And for my teeth I go to Gary Johnson's Dentist, Johnson's Dentistry to get these porcelains worked on", said Foxx.

The actress admits being a little star-struck by the former "Mad Men" actor but didn't want to be intimidated. I don't just mean that songs fit the vibe of a scene.

"In a room where all the energy is very masculine". I really hope so. "So to balance that we brightened her up, and it also helped to explain why Buddy is so in love with her". "It takes a leap of faith for a director to take somebody and say, "OK, now the movie is on your shoulders" - with a cast like Kevin Spacey and Jamie Foxx, these guys who are legends".

The film was originally set in Los Angeles, but Wright and his team overhauled the script after changing the shooting location to Atlanta.

The director felt it worked out, however, because while both are auto cities, the southern metropolis still leans toward the big-powered gas-guzzlers. Also, I'm an athlete so I could do some of the "Baby" stunts. "I had made A Fistful of Fingers".

Considering all the muscle cars "Baby Driver", does that make him a auto guy? I can't say that I've ever seen a film where the soundtrack is so intrinsically linked to the drama. I'm a driving guy.

The only time the soundtrack comes close to a cliche is when Golden Earring's "Radar Love" plays during one driving scene but the trope is averted because the song is playing from an FM radio station.

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