Do you have a friend who just doesn’t get your obsession with cars? Maybe this friend doesn’t even own a car and can’t fathom why someone would ever need one, let alone more than one, for themselves. Great news, you don’t have to cut this poor, sad person out of your life. There is a cure!
Ansel Elgort, the star of the movie “Baby Driver,” was once one of those people. When filming began, Elgort only had his license for four years, had never personally owned a car and could not drive stick. According to The Drive, he had grown up in Manhattan, a place so choked with traffic and pedestrians that driving is one of the least convenient options to get around.
This meant some serious work was in order before he could star as a wheel man in a blockbuster summer movie. Enter stuntman Jeremy Fry. Under Fry’s instruction, Elgort learned everything from the basics of how to use a clutch to the advanced stuff like J-turns and drifting.
The experience so changed the 23 year old actor, that he knew exactly what car he should have as his first. Although he grew up wanting a classic C3 Corvette, his love of his automotive co-star left him begging the studio to let him have one of the red Subaru WRX’s used in the film.
Elgort told Vanity Fair,
“I just kept asking, asking, asking. And eventually, they finally said fine, you can have one. We wrapped the film last May. I finally got it in March. They gave it to me for my birthday.”
Now that he’s learned all the tricks, he’s an honest-to-god car nut:
“Now I’m a total car guy and I love driving stick,” Ansel says. “When it’s raining and I’m in Long Island, and I know I have a little bit of loose traction, I always do a power 90 into the driveway. I love it when a car is behind me—not too close, but a little bit—so they’re like, ‘What the fuck was that?’”
See? All your friend needs is a crash course in performance driving by a Hollywood stuntman. Nothing to it.