Saturday, 22 July, 2017

Ansel Elgort studied hard to do sign language justice in Baby Driver

The Baby Driver team reunite in London The Baby Driver team reunite in London
Elaine Woods | 26 June, 2017, 01:58

"CJ Jones was incredibly helpful, I really wanted to do it justice", he told WENN at the film's European Premiere on Wednesday (21Jun17).

Actor Kevin Spacey, Jon Hamm and Jamie Foxx star in the summer's most anticipated action movie, and it's equal parts heart-pounding thrills and toe-tapping musical. I said, 'I want to do that!' and my mom said, 'OK, the first step is to learn how to dance.

More than two decades later, that epiphany has culminated with his new film, "Baby Driver".

"Edgar filmed me himself, he had a little camera in his hand", Elgort recalls of the audition, one of several times he met with the "Shaun of the Dead" and "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" writer-director before securing Baby as his own. The execution is symphonic, sweeping, and so ambitious that I'm amazed anyone would be willing to give Wright enough time and patience to pull it all together. Also, I felt the epilogue was a unusual combination of realistic and unrealistic - not quite the euphoric air-punching finale I was hoping for after two hours of build-up. "I was either 20 or 21 and I had just moved to London". And even though Elgort now has the resources to buy the C3 Corvette Stingray he dreamed about as a child, he experienced something of an epiphany during those long days behind the wheel of the ten-year-old Subaru WRX on the set of Baby Driver. "I'm an athlete and I love playing basketball, and a lot of basketball is running and jumping, and I was pretty good at that". Over the course of our lunch in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood, where he now lives, the actor is nothing if not expressive-gesticulating, putting on voices, and telling stories about his sister's Argentinian Spanish teacher and expensive steak dinners with friends that ultimately have nothing to do with his craft or "Baby Driver", but that amplify how easy he is in no-fuss charm and conversation. "I do both acting and music because I love them both". "When Jamie shot, then I knew someone else was going to shoot and then I was there, but you had to have the beat". You know, Edgar and I hit it off from the beginning. Making this movie was a blast. The hook is a classic pop culture ditty: "every time I try to get out, they pull me back in".

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"Because of Fault in Our Stars and the projects that I was involved in, early on, I was lucky to obtain a largely young, age 12- 24 female audience". So, they love that movie and I embrace it and I embrace the fans. Foxx is particularly strong, as he keeps Bats just on the fine line between sanity and insanity. Plus, it has a ton of heart and one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard.

"In terms of how we did it - we rehearsed all the choreography to do it as just one take". His latest single "All I Think About You" is available now.

The film will hit theaters in North America almost two months earlier than originally planned, moving to June 28 from August 11.

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