Aaron Paul Talks Upcoming “Need for Speed” Film, Proves He’s a Legit Car Guy
If Ron Howard’s Rush was any indication, the motoring world and general public have been ready for serious racing movies for many years. When I say serious, I don’t mean that they take themselves serious, so much as the film takes the automotive aspect serious enough to entice the motorsport neophyte, but also satisfy the hardcore enthusiast.
I am here to say that Need for Speed is just that movie. We’re not ready to share all the details about this racing movie just yet, but in the meantime, we spoke with the film’s star, Aaron Paul, about making a racing film, and about his personal fascination with cars.
There had been a lot of talk about the big screen adaptation of the long-loved PC and video game, Need for Speed, but it was the script itself that drew in Paul, who had barely the starting cycle of a Mustang V8 to get ready for this film. “I ready the script,” explained Paul, “and it was just such a fun, crazy, wild ride, it had a really great story. It was such so might lighter than Breaking Bad.” Paul continued “I started this film the day after I wrapped Braking Bad, I was on a plane at 6:30 in the morning and was in a 2.5 million Koenigsegg (replica) by the afternoon.”
Aaron Paul plays Tobey Marshal, a local mechanic in Mt. Kisco, NY. He takes part in illegal street racing, and through those connections, he is set up for a crime he did not commit. Once released from prison, the story follows his exploits cross country and behind the wheel of some seriously exotic machinery. But it was his old Toyota All-Trac from his previous role that still pulls at his heartstrings. “I actually wanted that car so bad,” exclaimed Paul, “but they didn’t want to give it up.”
With the newfound machinery, came newfound expectations from Paul’s director, Scott Waugh, about performance driving. “[Scott] said if you wanted to do this movie we would love to have you,” continued Paul, “but I’m going to need you to learn how to drive in a very proper way.” Paul jumped at the chance: “That’s another reason I jumped into this project. It was the idea was learning how to drive in that way.”
For Paul, the love of all things automotive long predated the filming of Need for Speed, which debuts in theaters everywhere March 14. “I was a huge car guy my whole life,” explained Paul, “I appreciate them more after really learning the mechanics of it all. I have an old 65 Shelby Cobra– not original, but registered as one, and, man…it’s beautiful.”