Drive (Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)
“When I read this script, the character seemed to me somebody who had seen too many movies and had become the star of his own action film, so that’s how I thought about it.
Los Angeles is a fairy tale place, built on fantasy, so we made it a fairy tale land. We tried to make the Driver a knight and Irene [Carey Mulligan] this princess in the tower who needed to be rescued, Bernie Rose [Albert Brooks] was the evil wizard and Ron Perlman was the dragon. We treated it like a Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Nicholas seems to think that it fits into neo-noir.
It was a great script, Hoss [Amini] had written a really great script, but it was so authentic to Los Angeles and gang culture and you would have to make a Ken Loach style film in order to honor that script– what we wanted to make was a violent John Hughes movie that was a fairy tale about a guy who drives around listening to music at night because that’s the only way he can feel anything. And a guy who’s seen so many movies that he turned himself into his own super hero and made his own superhero costume [he pauses, miming the Scorpion jacket Driver wears], so that’s what excited us and Hoss helped us to realize that.
We made this film for the audience, and we made it for the theatre. I wanted this movie to be a film that you wanted to be in the movie theatre to see, not one that you wanted to watch at home. There are those movies [that you watch at home] but there are those films as well that you’re just glad that you’re in the theatre to see them. For instance when I first saw Valhalla Rising, Nic’s movie, halfway through the movie, a character cuts open his friend and pulls out his guts and starts showing them to him and [the audience] lost their minds! They were hitting each other getting up laughing screaming it just evoked a real hodgepodge of emotions and I guarantee you everybody in that theatre—whether they liked it or not—were glad that they saw it in the theatre, so my hope is that what we made—we made [Drive] to be played loud, we made it for the big screen and hopefully people will appreciate that.”
- Ryan Gosling
Beyond stoked to be seeing this tomorrow night.