Is this your character’s company?
Yeah, it’s Marshall Motors. I’m Tobey Marshall. It was his father’s business but his father has, tragically, passed away. So has his mother. So he’s left alone, struggling to desperately keep this business afloat. It’s not looking good for him.
What is like knowing how “Breaking Bad” ends when the world doesn’t?
It’s great. I don’t have a problem not telling people. No one wants to know. Everyone asks me but, deep down, they don’t want to know. And I know that, so it’s not that big a deal. Before I read the final eight episodes, the final eight hours of the show, I was thinking that it was all so tragic. I couldn’t believe the show was ending. I didn’t want it to end. After knowing how the final eight hours play out, I couldn’t be happier with how it all ends. Hopefully you all agree and I feel pretty confident that you all will.
Did you have a ritual for reading the final scripts?
Actually yeah, a little bit. That’s what I did with the part one. The first eight. I took my time with all of them, but I honestly couldn’t wait. I got an e-mail on my phone of the final eight and I said I was going to wait until they were in paper form. Sit in the house, drink some wine and take my time with it. In all reality, though, six of the last eight I read on my phone on a plane. I just could not wait. I’m a huge fan of the show as well. You guys are going to shit your pants.
What kind of music does Tobey listen to on a cross-country trip?
There’s actually not a ton of music.
What about just in terms of his personality? What fits him?
He seems like ’70s classic rock maybe. He’s a very old-school, blue-collar guy. A real man’s man.
Where is he from original?
New York. A small little town in New York.
It sounds like, in a lot of ways, you’re trying to revive Steve McQueen.
Yeah, that was definitely one of the pitches they gave me. Steve McQueen was one of the ultimate badasses because he wasn’t trying to be. That’s just who he was. Hopefully I can pull it off.
Can you tell us a little about Tobey’s revenge plans?
He is desperately trying to make it to a race to make a wrong a right. He knows this particular guy is going to be at this race at the end of the film. He’s seeking some very intense revenge. I don’t want to give anything away, but it’s going to be fun.
DreamWorks Pictures’ Need For Speed is directed by Scott Waugh and stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Scott Mescudi, Dakota Johnson, Harrison Gilbertson and Michael Keaton.
Need for Speed hits theaters on March 14, 2014.
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