At the 2013 British Independent Film Awards, RCNTV spoke with actress Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later) about her work in the upcoming video game movie, Need for Speed, directed by Scott Waugh (Acts of Valor) and also starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad). “It’s a pretty crazy movie, based on a video game called Need for Speed,” began Poots. She continued, “It’s essentially, a race across the States, they only have 48 hrs to get from New York to California but a lot of obstacles show their faces. It was a great film to make in a sense because the director used to be a stunt man and so he very much directed the film from that point of view and that perspective. So all of the stunts are authentic and real, there’s no cgi. Working with Aaron [Paul] was great. We worked together before on a Nick Hornby film/adaptation called A Long Way Down so we’re kind of already close by that point because when you’re in a car with someone for a really long time, you kind of have to get along. So it was cool, it was terrific, I got to see a lot of the States.”
On what new things fans of the racing movie genre should expect to see, Poots explained, “Certainly the stunt perspective, if you’re into that kind of thing.” She added, “It’s throwback and it’s real. But also, there’s a real story at the core of it. There’s a lot of action taking place and the fun of making a film like that is that it’s kind of tongue-in-cheek. If you’re taking yourself too seriously in the making of it then it kind of feels like you’re going down the wrong path. You have to have some fun because the fact that I’m in a film called Need for Speed is fundamentally ludicrous [laughs]. So it was cool, I was happy to to be a part of it.”
On her character’s role in the film, Poots stated, “It’s very much the duo who are traveling together. The director really wanted there to be a conflict between the two characters initially. It’s fun exploring that kind of relationship in a very confined environment like a [Ford] Mustang. But it was great fun.”
Framed for a crime he didn’t commit, muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man responsible for his false conviction. Tobey tears up the road in a gritty cross-country journey— one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed is directed by Scott Waugh (“Act of Valor”), and also stars Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Imogen Poots, Dakota Johnson and Scott Mescudi.
Said Scott Waugh on the film, “ Tobey (Aaron Paul) and Julia’s (Imogen Poots) arc through the movie is so much fun, and I really wanted it to be intimate. Cars, in general, are loud, and I didn’t want it to be a loud movie. There are so many private, intimate moments. I wanted to make a movie for all four quadrants. I didn’t want it to be just for men. Women really love heroes. And the love story in this movie is really captivating and really romantic and really unexpected.”