Is ‘Need for Speed’ More Realistic Than ‘Fast and Furious’? 6 Things We Learned from a Sneak Peek
Director Scott Waugh (left), Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots filming "Need For Speed"
Make no mistake about it, if you're a fan of car racing and fast fancy rides you will enjoy the upcoming action adventure "Need For Speed." How do we know this? Yahoo Movies was invited to preview roughly 20 minutes of footage from the film and what we saw was loud, fast and fun. We also talked to "Breaking Bad" alum Aaron Paul (who gets his first big-screen star vehicle, so to speak, with the movie), director Scott Waugh (a stuntman-turned-director who says this movie is more realistic than the "Fast and Furious" and other action films he's worked on), and producer John Gatins.
Here are six things we learned about the big screen adaptation of the popular video game that needs to hurry up and arrive in theaters on March 14.
1. There's no Jesse Pinkman here, only shades Of Steve McQueen. And revenge.
The story revolves around Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul), who's on a quest to clear his name for a crime he didn't commit, and also features a deadly cross-country road race. Paul hopes that audiences are rooting for him from the get-go.
"Tobey Marshall is just a guy's guy," Paul said. "He loves cars. He loves racing. His father loved cars. Loved racing. He's struggling to kind of keep his business afloat. This film is really kind of a race against time. Revenge is really at the heart of all of this. He's trying to right a wrong and it's just a wild ride ... this film is packed with many emotions. That’s what’s so great about it. I hope that people watching this movie will be pleasantly surprised. It’s a very emotionally driven piece for sure.
The actor went on to say that he looked to "everything Steve McQueen" for inspiration.
"He just exuded that sort of culture and he’s such a badass," Paul explained. "I hope that when people see this film they think that Tobey is kind of a badass."
2. The film is grounded in reality, but rules were bent (so you can see a helicopter carry a car).
We don't want to spoil the magic of this particular stunt, but be on the lookout for some extra entertaining action when Tobey's pal Benny (played by rapper-turned-actor Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi) steals a news helicopter and flies around Detroit at dangerously low levels. To get those shots, director (and renowned stuntman) Scott Waugh strapped himself outside the helicopter.
"I had Cudi in the front seat on the helicopter flying with the pilot and I’m not going to lie, he can’t fly a f-----g helicopter. Let’s not even bulls--t ourselves, right?" Waugh recalled. "It’s different than driving a car, but I told Cudi, because there’s limitations of putting a camera in a car, but there’s even more with putting one on a freaking helicopter and I really wanted the audience to know, this is real. He’s in the f-----g bird flying at street level. So, the only way to get the shot was I had to strap it and fly off the skids of the helicopter with the camera to get that viewpoint to see out the windshield, because there’s no other way to put the camera out there."
3. The car stunts in this movie are fast, furious, and more realistic than 'Fast and Furious.'