The extensive collection of sunglasses and iPods that Baby owns were not bought by him, they were taken from cars he stole. In an interview, Edgar Wright said: 'If he has been stealing cars since he was 12, the main thing he would have inherited from these stolen cars are people's sunglasses and iPods.'
The character Joseph was originally written to be much older at around the mid-80s. CJ Jones (who plays Joseph, a deaf character) was discovered and recommended by casting director Francine Maisler. Jones is deaf in real life, thus Ansel Elgort had to learn sign language to communicate with him .
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.
The tracking shot in the beginning of the movie where Baby gets coffee took 28 takes. The 21st take is the one used in the movie.
In an introduction from Edgar Wright, he revealed that there was little to no CGI or green screen used to film the car chase sequences. The driving is all practically done.
The first R-rated movie to be given permission to show footage from a Disney film (Monsters, Inc. (2001)). Pete Docter, the director of "Monsters, Inc.", is given a 'special thanks' credit as a result.
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 authentically Atlanta.
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. A clip from the video is featured in the film when channels are being flipped through on the television in Baby's apartment.
When Edgar Wright wanted Ansel Elgort 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).
Whenever Edgar Wright had Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey in the same shot, he would whisper to a colleague: "Double Oscar shot!"
In the restaurant scene, Kevin Spacey's character is seen talking to Big Boi (of Outkast) and Killer Mike (of Run the Jewels), both Atlanta-based rappers. They also contribute a song to the film's soundtrack.
This film is named after Simon & Garfunkel's song "Baby Driver" from their 1970 album "Bridge Over Troubled Water". The song appears in the film during the end credits.
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 - referring to Edgar.
A song is played in the background of nearly every scene in the film. Also, whenever a song plays in 4/4 rhythm, a shot almost always cuts in one of the four beats.
Emma Stone was originally sought to play Debora, but dropped out to make La La Land (2016).
When Doc plans the heist for Bats, Eddie, and JD, his dialogue can't be heard over Baby's music. The dialogue is present in the trailer, however, because Edgar Wright thought it deserved to be heard in that context.
During the opening credits, when Baby is going to get coffee and listening to "Harlem Shuffle," lyrics to the song can be seen on graffiti, signs, and posters as he passes them.
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.
Barbra Streisand's experience with tinnitus was the basis for a scene in the movie where Jamie Foxx's character is required to say, "Do I look like I know a f*cking thing about Barbra f*cking Streisand?" Knowing Barbra is close friends with Jamie in real life (who. knew.), Edgar was worried about how she would react. Jamie's response to Edgar's worries? "Barbra's gangsta." In 2016 Jamie Foxx sang a duet with Streisand on her ENCORE album.
In almost every scene where no music is playing, you can hear a slight ringing in the background (the sound of Baby's tinnitus).
Michael Douglas was considered for the role of Doc. Edgar Wright was responsible for his casting as Hank Pym in Ant-Man (2015) before he left the project.
During promotion, Edgar Wright jokingly referred to the film as part of a Simon and Garfunkel Cinematic Universe along with Marc Webb's The Only Living Boy in New York (2017). Both films are named after Simon and Garfunkel songs.
When Baby is flipping through the channels near the beginning of the film, several lines dialogue from different movies can be heard ("You are so beautiful" or "We're partners. There's nothing that matters to me more than our friendship.") Each one of these lines appears later in the film as a line of dialogue.
There are multiple references to the "Back to the Future Trilogy" with Kevin Spacey's character named "Doc" (Back to the Future) and Jon Bernthal's character is named "Griff" (Back to the Future Part II). Even casting the actor "Flea" who played the character "Needles" in Back to the Future Parts II & III for a small role in this film as "Eddie". The character "Doc" in the film also mentions a past job called "The Spirit of 85" which is also the year the first Back to the Future was released (1985).
On the first day of filming, Jamie Foxx watched Jon Hamm on the monitor and uttered to himself "He handsome."
In early 2017, director Edgar Wright tweeted 'Meryl Streep's in our movie!' After quickly deleting it, many people speculated whether or not Streep was in the film. While she doesn't appear in the film itself, Streep does appear on a TV screen while Baby is flipping through channels in a clip from It's Complicated (2009).
During the casting process, the actors were sent a playlist of songs and were asked to play the music while reading the script.
Baby and Debora are frequently dressed in black and white. In an interview, Ansel Elgort said it was to contrast with the other characters and to give their love story a more timeless feel.
This is the first time since A Fistful of Fingers (1995) that Edgar Wright is the sole credited writer on one of his films.
During his interview on the Nerdist Podcast, Edgar Wright admitted to putting a bunch of Easter eggs in this film. He told Chris Hardwick one of the cars has a license plate that's one of the release dates of another one of his films.
DIRECTOR CAMEO: reflected in the music shop window during the first coffee run. Wright said on Twitter he was following the shot and planned to remove the reflection in post, but decided to leave it in.
Blues rock singer Jon Spencer, whose song "Bellbottoms" is used in the first robbery, plays a jail guard.
The opening credits use a one take shot of Baby walking to buy coffee and then walking back, reminiscent of the famous opening of Shaun of the Dead (2004), where Shaun walks to the shop and then back home in one shot (which is later repeated once the zombie outbreak has begun).
As this movie is filmed in Atlanta and Edgar Wright added many touches to make it authentically Atlantan, when the Bo's Diner chef answers the phone and says "What'll ya have?", this is most likely a reference to the famous Atlanta diner The Varsity, where the employees take your order by asking "What'll ya have?"
In keeping with the musical theme of the film, singers and musicians make appearances throughout. In addition to the already-mentioned Big Boi and Killer Mike appearance, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Academy Award-winning songwriter Paul Williams appear in small roles. Jamie Foxx plays a major role.
In a recent interview with THR ( The Hollywood Reporter) Edgar Wright explains why Baby (Ansel Egort) doesn't use smartphones for his music and calls. It's because it is easier to track him by using more modern day technology like smartphones so by using burners and iPods Baby can stay off the grid and can't be tracked.
According to Edgar Wright, each script sent to the main actors that are wanted for their respective roles includes an Ipod that contains list of songs that is to be played (arranged in specific order) while reading a particular scene for the movie in order to emphasize the tone.
Most (if not all) of the gun reports in the film are in perfect time signature with the music.
When Edgar Wright began writing the script, he only had ten songs to start with. The final film had thirty, according to the published playlist. The song Smokey Joe's La La was a very late replacement for the B. Bumble and the Stingers' Nut Rocker during post-production as after several test screenings Wright felt that "it started to get on his tits" that he re-shot part of that scene. Also, Easy by The Commodores was included after Ansel Elgort was cast as Wright found out during audition that it was one of the songs that Elgort knows it very well and could sing / lip sync. That moment won him the title role.
Partially filmed in Juliette, Georgia, the same area that Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) was filmed. The Whistle Stop Cafe is still in business there.
Bats names three titles that are considered "hex songs": The Guns N' Roses cover for Knockin' on Heaven's Door, The Eagles' Hotel California and Boyz II Men's End of the Road. Knockin' was based on a superstition held by an ex-convict that Edgar Wright interviewed, where he said that a robbery gig would be called off if the song is played over the radio prior to executing the plan. Hotel California is one of the songs that in real-life Jamie Foxx absolutely detests (He ad-lib that line). While there has yet an explanation for End of the Road, it highlights the complicated relationship between Baby and Debora throughout the film that he was forced to drop things for Doc's heists.
Chloë Grace Moretz was once attached to this project. She later dropped out of this film and The Little Mermaid (2017), among others.
Baby Driver contains quite a few references to the 1989 anime getaway driver film Riding Bean. Among them are Baby's facial scarring (and specifically the way his upper scar sticks out above his sunglasses), the supercharged red sports car with a hood scoop he drives in the first chase scene of the film, the use of license plate numbers to refer to other car chase movies, and, hugely, the final showdown between Buddy and Baby in a parking garage, which mirrors the final sequence of Riding Bean and even includes a few nearly-identical shots.
During the second robbery, the characters wear Austin Powers masks from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). The song that plays during this sequence, "Neat Neat Neat" by The Damned, features the lyrics 'Be a man, can a mystery man.'
The car seen at the start of the film (Red 2007 Subaru Impreza) is the same model of car seen at the ending of Edgar Wright's 2007 film Hot Fuzz.
Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey are the fifth and sixth Academy Award winning celebrities featured in an Edgar Wright movie. Jim Broadbent, Cate Blanchett and Peter Jackson were in Hot Fuzz (2007). Brie Larson was in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010).
During one robbery, the group wear Austin Powers masks. Kevin Spacey played Dr. Evil in the movie-within-a-movie "Austinpussy" in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002).
The film cast includes three Oscar winners: Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Paul Williams.
Discounting Basic Instinct (1992), which was produced by Carolco, and District 9 (2009), which was released while the Tri-Star brand was used part-time, this is Tri-Star Pictures' highest-grossing production as a full-time studio since Hook (1991).
This film drew inspiration from The Driver (1978), Raising Arizona (1987), The Blues Brothers (1980), and Riding Bean (1989).
During the action scene's of the final heist, two songs from Dutch bands are played. The first is Hocus Pocus by Focus, the second Radar Love by The Golden Earring.
Edgar Wright explained that the idea for the movie was inspired by a music video he worked on with British comedian Noel Fielding and added a clip of the video in the movie while Baby was flipping the TV channels.