Trivia / Drive

Trivia: Drive (Film)

  • Fake American: Carey Mulligan as Irene.
  • Fan Nickname: Ryan Gosling's Batman Audition
  • Hey, It's That Place!: The diner that Irene works at is a pretty common shooting location. It's recognizable by the view of the elevated freeway in the background.
  • Playing Against Type: Comedic actor Albert Brooks playing the mobster Bernie, though Bernie's actual personality is pretty close to Brooks' typical performance.
  • The Red Stapler: Driver's silk scorpion jacket has become available (although it seems no one can quite pull it off as well as Ryan Gosling).
  • Stunt Casting: Christina Hendricks as Blanche. The director's wife suggested the casting, saying she thought Hendricks is beautiful.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The film was originally planned as a big budgeted blockbuster star vehicle for Hugh Jackman directed by Neil Marshall before both abandoned the project.
    • Nicholas Winding Refn almost didn't get the job, and the film may possibly not have happened. Ryan Gosling and Refn have both talked about their terrible initial meeting. Refn was sick and delirious which Gosling interpreted it as him not being interested so he cut it short. During the car ride home Reo Speed Wagon came on the radio and Refn started singing along and bawling, then turned to Gosling and said "The movie is about a guy who drives around LA at night listening to pop songs". If that song hadn't come on the radio, the movie might not have happened.
    • Christina Hendricks wasn't the first choice for Blanche. Refn had originally sought to cast porn actresses to give the part a bit of Reality Subtext but couldn't find any with good enough acting skills and cast Hendricks in the part when his wife suggested her. Although hints of the intended Reality Subtext can be found in other parts in the movie; porn actress Andy San Dimas plays one of the strippers in Cook's lap-dance club.
    • Irene was written as a Hispanic character, as in the source novel. Her name was changed from "Irina" to "Irine" when Carey Mulligan was cast in the role.
    • Early drafts of the script had a significantly different second half. Among other changes, Irine is killed by a hitman attempting to kill Driver (similarly to her fate in the novel), Driver's rage issues being explored further in a scene where he attacks a stuntman, Shannon surviving the events of the film, and the ending having Driver break into Nino's beach house and killing him along with his bodyguards.
    • The infamous head-stomping scene was originally far more graphic. Refn had even consulted with Gaspar Noe over how to make it look as realistic as possible, as he had directed a similarly graphic scene in Irreversible. In the end, the scene had to be cut down significantly due to complaints by ratings boards.
    • The script originally had much more dialogue, particularly in the interactions between Driver and Irine, but both Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan felt that their scenes worked better with minimal dialogue to focus on the mood, and Refn agreed. Refn also continually cut dialogue from the script during pre-production and filming.
    • It was reported from early test screenings that the ending had Driver dying from his stab wound.
    • Laurene Landon originally had a much more substantial role as Nino's girlfriend as an homage to her role in Maniac Cop, a film of which Refn is a vocal fan. Her part was all but cut from the script due to time constraints, restricting her to a single blink-or-you'll-miss-it cameo in the finished film.

Trivia: Drive (Series)

  • What Could Have Been: Here is a rough sketch of how the show would have progressed had anyone bothered to watch it. Some highlights:
    • Some of the contestants have "sponsors" who got them into the race. Some sponsors have benevolent motives, while others have revenge or other nefarious ideas on their minds. One racer, John Trimble, sponsored himself, looking to have one last thrill before he dies. Other contestants, such as the team of Leigh, Susan and Ivy, were put in as background racers to shake things up, similar to non-player "bots" in a video game.
    • John Trimble wasn't actually dying — in fact, it was his meds that were making him sick. After he finds out that he's going to live, he would've been killed by a bus, simply because, according to Minear, it would've been funny.
    • There were various ideas going around as to the identity of the truck driver who killed Susan. The most likely idea would've had it be a former contestant who had been crippled in the race and was now seeking revenge. Other ideas would have been for it to be a faceless serial killer (a la Duel), or have the driver be played by Eliza Dushku.
    • Had there been a second season, it would've focused on a new race and new characters, with first season characters taking on new roles in the race.