“That’s why we made the movie. I’d secretly had this feeling I wanted the film not to be about driving fast or stunts but about a guy driving round listening to music because that’s the only way he could feel. That wasn’t in the script but that’s what Nicolas felt, too. We kept chasing that moment. How was it that two wildly different guys were sharing the same dream? We both connected to the idea that driving can be an existential experience and you can put your persona and identity aside because you’re not really being watched. We were both interested in using the car as a vehicle to take you into the driver’s subconscious.
For me, the driver is a guy who watched too many movies. It wasn’t just that these people were attracted to each other, it was more like to the fairytale analogy: he was her knight and he was there to rescue her, not to get her in the sack. He was confusing his life for all the films he had seen, all the heroes he wanted to be.”
- Ryan Gosling on Drive