Baby Driver is a 2017 action crime movie written and directed by Edgar Wright. It stars Ansel Elgort, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza Gonzalez, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx and Jon Bernthal. The plot follows Baby, a music lover who is coerced to work as a getaway driver for a kingpin. The movie features choreography in which the actors’ actions synchronize with its soundtrack. Take a look below for 30 more fun and fascinating facts about Baby Driver.
1. Edgar Wright conceived the project after he found inspiration from envisioning a post-heist car chase set to the 1994 song “Bellbottoms” by the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, which would ultimately be used as the movie’s opening scene.
2. The movie received praise for its screenplay, acting, direction, action sequences and soundtrack.
3. Baby Driver was chosen by the National Board of Review as one of the top ten movies of 2017.
4. The movie grossed $226 million worldwide on a production budget of $34 million.
5. Baby Driver received several awards and nominations, including three nominations at the 90th Academy Awards, for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing, two nominations at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards, winning one, and the 71st British Academy Film awards, winning one.
6. The Mike Myers masks actually were supposed to be the masks of Michael Myers from the Halloween series but the producers were unable to obtain legal permission. Edgar Wright then reached out to the comedian Mike Myers about using masks of his likeness instead, who thought the scene was funny and gave his permission.
7. Jamie Foxx’s line, “That’s some Oscar shit right there,” was improvised.
8. 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.
9. The character “Joseph” was originally written to be much older, around the mid-80s. CJ Jones, who plays Joseph, was discovered and recommended by casting director Francine Maisler. Jones is deaf in real life, just like his character. Ansel Elgort had to learn sign language to communicate with him.
10. 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.
11. 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.”
12. Jon Hamm’s role was written for him, and he is the only actor from the first table read to end up in the final movie.
13. In almost every scene where no music is playing, you can hear a slight ringing in the background. That’s the sound of Baby’ tinnitus.
14. Most, if not all, of the gun shot sin the movie are in time with beat of the music.
15. Whenever Edgar Wright had Jamie Foxx and Kevin Spacey in the same shot, he would whisper to a colleague: “Double Oscar shot!”
16. On the first day of filming, Jamie Foxx watched Jon Hamm on the monitor and uttered to himself, “he handsome.”
17. Emma Stone was originally sought to play Debora, but dropped out to make La La Land.
18. 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’s look” by showing Ansel a picture on his phone of Malcolm McDowell in character in A Clockwork Orange.
19. 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.
20. During the opening credits, when Baby is going to get coffee and listening to, “Harlem Shuffle,” the lyrics to the song can be seen on graffiti, signs, and posters as he passes them.
21. Director of Photography Bill Pope called the movie, “a postmodern musical.” Stating that, “there’s not singing and dancing in the street but the world acts to music.”
22. The movie is named after Simon and Garfunkel’s song “Baby Driver” from their 1970 album, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The song appears in the movie during the end credits.
23. Edgar Wright started to work on the movie in 1995, but didn’t finish the script until 2011, and the movie until 2017. However, he received the advance for it in 2007. He introduced the world premiere of the movie at SXSW by thanking his producer for not suing him.
24. In the restaurant scene, Doc is seen talking to Big Boi, of Outkast, and Killer Mike, of Run the Jewels. They also contribute a song to the movie’s soundtrack.
25. Worried that 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.
26. A song is played in the background of nearly every scene in the movie. Also, whenever a song plays in 4/4 rhythm, a shot almost always cuts in one of the four beats.
27. Baby Driver is the first Edgar Wright movie to be shot in the United States.
28. Edgar Wright timed the character’s movements to the beat of the movie’s songs.
29. 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.
30. Originally set in Los Angeles, the movie 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 movie to make it authentically Atlanta.