Nicolas Winding Refn: I liked the book and I liked the concept. The idea that there was a man who has split personalities. Being a stuntman by day and a getaway driver by night.
Hossein Emini (screenwriter): When I read the book it also felt like a sort of contemporary Western. And there's the silent guy who comes out of nowhere. You don't know very much about him. Sort of almost as the less you know the better.
Nicolas Winding Refn: One of the first things that kind of came into my mind was that this is not a car movie. It's called Drive, but it's more about a man who realizes he was meant for something else. He's like a superhero. The driver lives by codes.
His power is a supernatural strength once he becomes the Driver.
If it feels like it's moving into the familiar, Nic will always try to spin it somehow.
Ryan Gosling: He's very collaborative. But at the same time he has his singular vision. He's very bold. He's not pretending.
Oscar Isaac: He takes the time to really get it right and say to the crew: okay, take five guys. And he'll literally sit there for an hour with Ryan, Carrey and I. And we'll talk about the scene. How to fix it. What we can change.
Carey Mulligan: it's always about that. It's about sort of investigating and talking about the scene until everybody knows exactly where their characters are. Which is really amazing.
Nicolas Winding Refn: Filmmaking is an act of violence. It's about penetrating emotions into an audience and let it sit with them. As long as they can. And then they travel with it for the rest of their lives. It's like sex. You don't really know what happens at the end, but it feels great.