Baby Driver is being billed as the throwback to classic car chase movies, and it ...
Baby Driver is being billed as the throwback to classic car chase movies, and it wasn’t the only film in 2017 that delivered some pulse-pounding automotive action.
Well, released earlier this year, John Wick: Chapter 2 opened with Keanu Reeves reducing the Ford Mustang to the mangled wreck in the action-packed scene set in the warehouse, using the muscle car’s heft as the weapon to smash into vehicles and take out assassins.
Stunt coordinator Darrin Prescott sat down with the Variety to break down the film’s opening action scene. It’s the fascinating insight into the meticulous planning that goes into filming the movie car chase. Turns out Tom Cruise isn’t only actor capable of doing his own stunts behind a wheel.
Those shots of the Mustang ramming into vehicles as the chase turns into the demolition derby? Most of those were done by Reeves. Darrin Prescott described Keanu Reeves as one of the best actor-drivers in the business.
In one in-car shot, Darrin Prescott explained that you can see Keanu Reeves purposely didn’t have his thumbs wrapped around a steering wheel rim on impact.
Apparently, this is the old stuntman trick to avoid breaking them. As for a fancy tail-slides, those were handled by the stunt driver Jeremy Fry who also showed off his driving skills in the Baby Driver.
In one standout stunt, Jeremy Fry performed the flying drift, sending the Ford Mustang sideways and as it jumped out of the warehouse.
The ambitious scene took seven or eight takes to get right. In a first take, one of the Mustangs was crushed when this driver mistimed the stunt and clipped the side of a warehouse. Sadly, all five Mustangs used for the film were wrecked.
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