Baby Driver is featured in the February issue of Empire! I have added 2 scans to the gallery, thanks to Lora at Lily James Online!
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Baby Driver, the new film from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright, stars Ansel Elgort as a getaway driver who attempts to leave the criminal life behind after meeting the girl of his dreams (Lily James). The twist? Elgort’s titular character suffers from tinnitus and the movie’s action is choreographed to the music he plays to drown out the ringing in his ears.
“I always wanted to do an action movie that was powered by music,” says Wright, who also wrote Baby Driver. “It’s something that’s very much a part of my previous films and I thought of this idea of how to take that a stage further by having a character who listens to music the entire time. So, you have this young getaway driver who has to soundtrack his entire existence, particularly the bank robberies and fast getaways that come afterwards.”
Wright explains that Elgort’s character listens to an eclectic array of music as he burns rubber — but the filmmaker declines to go into specifics. “I’ll wait until nearer the time [of release],” says Wright. “You don’t want somebody to go, ‘Oh, that’s a good idea for this advert that comes out three months before!’ It’s quite a wide range of music, though. There’s about 35 songs in the movie and they range from very famous to more obscure. It’s supposed to reflect the character’s extremely eclectic taste in music.”
Baby Driver also stars Jon Bernthal, Eiza González, Jon Hamm, Jamie Foxx, and Kevin Spacey, who plays a crime boss. “He’s amazing,” says Wright of the American Beauty and House of Cards actor. “I had a slight out of body experience, the first day on set with [him]. His first scene was a big monologue scene, and he started doing it, and even though we’d done a table read and we’d rehearsed it, when we were doing a take, I was just completely lost in the moment of him talking. Then I thought, Oh, yeah, I wrote this! [Laughs] I was briefly hypnotized by Spacey — and him spitting out my words was an absolute joy.”
The director of the zombie-filled Shaun of the Dead, the buddy cop-homaging Hot Fuzz, and the alien invasion film The World’s End is no stranger to genre movies. But while those projects had a thick comedic streak, Wright reveals that Baby Driver is designed to shred nerves more than tickle funny-bones. “It’s an action crime film,” says Wright. “It’s funny in places but it’s not a comedy. It gets genuinely tense and threatening. That was actually a fun thing for me — to do dramatic or thriller scenes which just up the ante.”
Baby Driver will be released Aug. 11.
Back on Tuesday (November 29), Ansel attended the 30th FN Achievement Awards. The gallery has been updated with high quality photos from the event. Enjoy!
Back on Wednesday (November 16), Ansel attended the Grand Opening of the Canada Goose U.S. Flagship in New York. I have added high quality photos from the event to the gallery!
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – “I really want roles that challenge me and that make being on set a really intense experience,” says Elgort, who followed his breakout in the John Green adaptation The Fault in Our Stars with a starring role in the Divergent franchise. With four films coming out in the next year (including Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver with Lily James and Billionaire Boys Club with Kevin Spacey), he now is turning his focus to music: The Brooklyn resident released his single “Home Alone” over the summer, and says he has 12 tracks that he wrote, produced and performs on ready to go.
I’m still starstruck by: “The guys who have some mystery behind them, like Christian Bale, Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio. And any basketball player. I can’t even talk to them. They’re like aliens; they’re from a different planet.”
Favorite splurge: “When I got Carrie, I bought a bunch of DJ equipment. I spend all my money on that.”
Worst audition story: “When I was around 16, I went into an audition and the woman told me, ‘You need to take acting classes. You’re so bad.’ And I said, ‘I am taking acting classes!’ In the next five years, it started to click for me at school. It takes a while — she was probably right. I really think people should take acting classes.”
On Wednesday (November 02), Ansel attended the Launch of Pop & Suki. You can check out HQ photos from the event in the gallery!
Back on Thursday (October 13), Ansel attended the Disaronno Wears Etro Launch Event in Soho. HQ photos have been added to the gallery!
Back on Monday (October 03), Ansel was spotted on the set of his upcoming film Jonathan with Suki Waterhouse. You can check out HQ pics in the gallery!
I have added the first production still of Ansel in Billionaire Boys Club. Check it out in the gallery! I hope we’ll get a trailer soon!
On Sunday (August 29), Ansel attended the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Ansel is wearing Dior Homme from the Spring/Summer 2017 collection. He introduced Nick Jonas and Ty Dolla $ign with Rita Ora. HQ photo have been added to the gallery! Thanks to Neide for help with several photos!
Public Appearances > 2016 > Aug 28 | 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (Backstage & Audience)
Public Appearances > 2016 > Aug 28 | 2016 MTV Video Music Awards (Press Room)
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