Baby Driver, the new film from Edgar Wright, has some of the best practical stunt driving that we’ve seen on screen in a long time. While the cars really did most of what we see them do on screen, the action apparently took its toll on the vehicles. It sounds like a lot of the movie’s budget was spent on fixing cars, mostly because some of the stunts the team needed to pull off were things that some of these cars were designed not to do. According to stunt coordinator Darrin Prescott…
We’re asking a lot of them. The Mercedes, we broke a lot in prep because we needed it to drift. We’re basically taking the millions, and millions, of dollars Mercedes spent to keep that car and safe, and trying to override all of that. We ended up breaking the Mercedes a bunch of times. They had to ship in axles from different places. It’s a challenge, man.
Today, when it comes to driving cars, safety is the most important thing. This means that most automobile manufacturers spend a lot of time and money to make sure that a car’s safety features will prevent bad things from happening. Of course, in Baby Driver, the stunt drivers are specifically trying to do those things, so when intent meets safety features, apparently things break down. Mercedes aren’t supposed to drift, because, for most people, that would be incredibly dangerous. It seems that forcing it to drift is an option, but you’ll need new axles when you’re done.
Baby Driver had an estimated budget of $34 million, which is peanuts compared to your average action movie these days. Perhaps it would have been even less if the film hadn’t needed to repair cars so often.
Mercedes aren’t the only car that gets beat to hell in Baby Driver. In the film, Ansel Elgort’s Baby drives an SUV and a Subaru WRX as well, putting both of them through some serious punishment. Darrin Prescott tells Entertainment Weekly that the Subaru’s also had a tendency to breakdown because the cars were being pushed past their limits.
Still, while the cars may not have had the best time going through the stunts necessary, they still did them, which is fairly impressive. The vast majority of the action sequences in Baby Driver were done practically, so when you see a car spin 180 degrees, slide through a narrow gap, and then spin another 180 degrees, the car really did that, though it may have fallen apart afterward.
The final product of Baby Driver is something to see, it’s got great action and an even better soundtrack, which is an integral part of the story. You can check it out in theaters now.