Drive is a truly unique and original dramatic thriller, as seen through the eyes of intriguing Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn and brought to life by its talented cast, including Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks and Ron Perlman. The Driver (Gosling) is a Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day while steering getaway vehicles for armed heists by night. When his beautiful neighbor Irene (Mulligan) catches his eye, and what was supposed to be an easy job spins out of control, he finds himself wanting to protect the girl that he loves, no matter the cost.
At the film’s press day, actor Ryan Gosling talked about how he saw this film as a violent John Hughes movie that he could live out his Rambo fantasizes in, what made Nicolas Refn the perfect director to handle this material, that he credits the REO Speedwagon song “I Can’t Fight This Feeling Anymore” with getting the film made, how learning the stunt driving was the best two weeks of prep he’s ever had, and that co-star Carey Mulligan was his partner in crime. He also talked about how he always looks for directors that he can build a relationship with, that his fantasy of robbing banks led him to play a motorcycle stunt driver in The Place Beyond the Pines (with Blue Valentine director Derek Cianfrance), and that his next project will be The Gangster Squad for director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland).