How Ansel Elgort and Jon Hamm Got to Work With Edgar Wright

Eiza Gonzáles and Jon Hamm in Baby Driver

Is that how you felt when you saw the script?

JON HAMM: Yeah, I mean, again, from being involved from early times on it, I was throwing music as Edgar, like, have you ever heard this and this could actually work. Any song, any piece of music with the world “baby” in it, I would email it to him, any of that stuff. So yeah, it’s been cool. I mean, he’s such a fun guy to hang out with, too. When you’re working 12, 14, 16 hours a day, it’s nice to have the guy who’s running the show actually be engaged and enthused about the whole thing. He’s taking pictures of everything and his Instagram account’s blowing up and he’s losing his mind, he’s having the best time, which is great, it’s infectious.

ANSEL ELGORT: He’ll go from first unit, working all day, and then we’ll finish at like 4 AM and then he is on second unit the next day at 7 AM. And he’s like, “I didn’t sleep, I can’t not be on set all the time.”

JON HAMM: One of the great parts of shooting in Atlanta is that you’re surrounded by amazing food at all times, and so we finished -- what was it, Sunday? We finished shooting at 8 o’clock in the morning or whatever and I was like, “I’m going to get breakfast before I go to sleep, do you wanna come?” And he’s like, “No, I have to go make shot lists for second unit on Monday.” I was like, “What? But don’t you want chicken and biscuits? That sounds way better than making shot lists.” So yeah, his work ethic is inspiring to say the least. Like I said, it’s exactly the guy you want running the show, you don’t want the guy who’s like, “What do we do next? Oh no!” He’s never been that guy, which is really, really cool.

How’s it been for you working alongside Jon [Hamm] and Jamie [Foxx] and Kevin [Spacey]?

ANSEL ELGORT: Oh, thank you. It’s been, honestly, it’s been so epic and inspiring and I tell everybody this is the sickest movie set I’ve ever been on because is -- are fucking huge movie stars, everyone, on set, and it’s really, really cool for me to be able to just like be on a scene daily with somebody. I’ve never worked with such a great cast, especially male actors, and this is like certainly a very like male movie star heavy cast and it’s so sick to like -- “Okay, now I’m doing a scene with Kevin Spacey, now I’m doing a scene with Jamie Foxx, now I’m doing a scene with Jon Hamm.” And then Jon Bernthal’s also in this movie, he’s awesome. And then Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is in this movie, and like me and Jamie and Flea went to the music studio after work, we’re gonna go again Monday and Tuesday, we’re like working on a record together. It’s just like the coolest artistic experience, and everyone is so nice, too. I wasn’t expecting Jon and Jamie and Flea to be like this nice, but everyone is so freakin’ nice. As like a young guy, a lot of the time sometimes older actors can be like -- I don’t know, maybe condescending to younger guys or whatever, but I feel like we’re all here just having a great time and we’re all equals.

JON HAMM: I’ll hit that PayPal account to you. It has been incredibly -- Ansel mentioned briefly, but it bears repeating, this idea of collaboration or whatever, but it’s also been a set that’s been incredibly sort of creative. There’ll be music playing constantly, people working on stuff. Ansel will come in like, “Oh my god, look at this, I’m in the studio with Flea,” and he shows Flea playing some bass and I’m like, “What?” And he’s like, “Yeah, that happened!” So it’s been exciting in that way too, in a way that most movies, you just don’t have time to do that stuff, we’ve somehow found it. It’s been great.

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A talented, young getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) relies on the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. When he meets the girl of his dreams (Lily James), Baby sees a chance to ditch his criminal life and make a clean getaway. But after being coerced into working for a crime boss (Kevin Spacey), he must face the music when a doomed heist threatens his life, love and freedom.

Key Release Dates
  • Baby Driver (2017) release date: Jun 28, 2017
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