Edgar Wright had been sitting on this idea for a film for many years. His first use of it was a music video he directed for British electronic duo Mint Royale and their track "Blue Song". The video stars Noel Fielding as a music-loving getaway driver for a group of bank robbers, one of whom is Wright's regular Nick Frost.
Whenever Edgar Wright had Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey in the same shot, he would whisper to a colleague: "That's a two-oscar shot!"
When Edgar Wright wanted Ansel to be more stern in a shot he used the code words: "Man Driver!" He taught him the "Kubrick look" by showing Ansel a picture on his phone of Malcolm McDowell in character in A Clockwork Orange (1971).
Jamie Foxx would often stay and watch Kevin Spacey's scenes, even when he wasn't in the scene.
Jon Hamm's role was written for him, and is the only actor from the first table read to be in the final film.
Jamie Foxx watched Jon Hamm on the monitor and said "He handsome" and then walked away without another word.
Partially filmed in Juliette Georgia, the same area that Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) was filmed. The Whistle Stop Cafe is still in business there.
Worried he would lose communications link with his actors or cameras, Edgar Wright had himself strapped to the shooting car, rather than being in a follow car. Jon Hamm joked that he had to perform while looking at a "sunburnt muppet" flopping about.
Originally set in LA, the film was finally shot in Atlanta. Other cities with tax incentives were ruled out as being too cold or fell through at the last minute. Wright had local writers and location scouts help him rewrite the film to make it authenticly Atlanta.
Edgar Wright started to work on this film in 1995, but didn't finish the script until 2011, and the film until 2017. However, he received the advance for it in 2007. He introduced the world premiere of the film at sxsw by thanking his producer for not suing him for this.
Chloe Grace Moretz was once attached to this project. She later dropped out of this film and The Little Mermaid, among others.
Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey are the fourth and fifth Academy Award winning celebrities featured in an Edgar Wright movie. Jim Broadbent, Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson were in Hot Fuzz (2007).
This film is named after Simon & Garfunkle's song "Baby Driver" off their 1970 album "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
This film might have influences from The Driver (1978), Raising Arizona (1987), The Blues Brothers (1980), and Riding Bean (1989).
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