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).
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.
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!"
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 would often stay and watch Kevin Spacey's scenes, even when he wasn't in the scene.
On the first day of filming, Jamie Foxx watched Jon Hamm on the monitor and said "He's too handsome" and then walked away without another word.
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.
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.
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.
Chloë Grace Moretz was once attached to this project. She later dropped out of this film and The Little Mermaid (2017), among others.
Emma Stone was originally sought to play Deborah, but dropped out to make La La Land (2016).
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.
Partially filmed in Juliette Georgia, the same area that Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) was filmed. The Whistle Stop Cafe is still in business there.
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.
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).
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. Although not a character in the film, Streep does appear on a TV screen while Baby is flipping through TV channels. The film in question is It's Complicated (2009).
This film might have influences from The Driver (1978), Raising Arizona (1987), The Blues Brothers (1980), and Riding Bean (1989).
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