Back against the wall and odds
With the strength of a will and a cause
Your pursuits are called outstanding
You’re emotionally complex
Against the grain of dystopic claims
Not the thoughts your actions entertain
Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling before the Cannes premiere of Drive, from the documentary NWR.
Can I talk to you? I won’t keep you long. I have to go somewhere and I don’t think I can come back. But I just wanted you to know. Getting to be around you and Benicio was the best thing that ever happened to me.
Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
There’s a hundred-thousand streets in this city. You don’t need to know the route. You give me a time and a place, I give you a five minute window. Anything happens in that five minutes and I’m yours. No matter what. Anything happens a minute either side of that and you’re on your own.
I have to go somewhere and I don’t think I can come back. But I just want you to know… Getting to be around you and Benicio was the best think that ever happened to me.
There’s something inside you, it’s hard to explain. They’re talking about you, boy. But you’re still the same.
The Driver and Irene actually say very little to each other, primarily because Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan felt that their scenes should be more focused on the mood and refused to say many of the scripted lines. Mulligan summarized making the film as “staring longingly at Ryan Gosling for hours each day.”
I want to drive you through the night,
down the hills ♪