How the stunts and cars were filmed in Drive
Ryan Gosling: One of the things that we wanted to try and do on this film was to give the audience the experience of being in the car. You're with driver the whole time in the car and you never get out. And even though there's lots of opportunities to be cutting to police cars or to helicopters. To all the action that's going on. But you never get out of the car. You're kind of stuck with him.
Darrin Prescott (stunt coordinator): We took Ryan out in pre-production and trained him like a stunt driver. We had him doing reverse 180's and forward 180's and drifting and break stands and all kinds of cool stuff. It helped him to feel what it's like to be a stunt driver.
Marc Platt (producer): Nicolas vision of shooting the car sequences was literally that the camera would become the driver. So that our experience of it is driver's experience.
We employed this equipment called the biscuit. And what the biscuit allows me is to put the actor in stunt driving situations. We mount a shell on a drivable platform. And then the biscuit is driven from a pod.
Ryan Gosling: you know, it gives you the experience of driving. Of not watching it, but actually seeing the road and being on it.
We had a concept. We used driving backwards in the Mustang. He comes to a three way intersection and basically throws a reversed 180, but keeps it going and stays in it and drifts the rest of the way out of the turn. And the car basically bounced straight up in the air. He spun a full 360 and crashed on the ground.