Desire // Under Your Spell
You cannot live life without consequences. Whenever you do something, there will be a consequence. Just like violence [on film] only works if there’s a consequence. You can’t just be violent for violence’s sake, because it’s not emotionally engaging. - Nicolas Winding Refn
I knew I wanted a satin jacket because I wanted him to shine at night. When you deal with very good actors, you often let them figure out their wardrobe themselves because that’s very much how they build their characters. So Ryan would go out and find a jacket that he’d feel comfortable in and he’d bring it back and we’d make it satin. A lot of them were old military jackets with symbols of eagles and other iconic American symbols, and I thought, “Oh, that would be great if he had a symbol on himself, like a logo!” We decided we were going to put some kind of animal on the jacket, but then by coincidence I was with the costume designer in a garage looking at how mechanics dress. Ryan was there working on his car because he was building his own car at the time, and he said that I should show the costume designer my visual reference for the Drive, which was Scorpio Rising. The film starts with the logo of a scorpion, and the telekinetic minds of myself and Ryan simultaneously said “it’s a scorpion!” Then Ryan had the idea that we could use this design to incorporate this story about the scorpion and the frog, and it turned out really great. - Nicolas Winding Refn
In the elevator scene is where Driver realizes that the circumstances have led to this—they’re in an elevator and he knows what he has to do now, and he will lose her forever, so he kisses her goodbye, because he knows he now has to go to the dark side in order to protect her. -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 that happens in that five minutes and I am yours, no matter what. Anything that happens a minute either side of that and you’re on your own. Do you understand?