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The police officer name tag worn by Driver in the movie set scene reads "McCall", referring to assistant property master Dana McCall.
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In preparation for his role, Ryan Gosling restored the 1973 Chevy Malibu that his character uses in the film.
Driver references the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog: the frog agrees to carry the scorpion across the river; the scorpion stings the frog, saying "it's my nature" and both drown. Driver can be seen as The Frog of the story - he drives/carries criminals (scorpions) around in his car, but is inevitably dragged into their destructive world (stung) leading to everybody's downfall. Driver's jacket has a scorpion on the back, just as the frog carried the scorpion on its back.
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."
Albert Brooks was in character when he met Nicolas Winding Refn, pinning him against a wall and speaking in a threatening manner. Brooks shaved his eyebrows for his role to make his character more emotionless.
Despite the driving storyline, director Nicolas Winding Refn does not have any interest in cars. He doesn't hold a driving license and has failed his driving test 8 times.
The name of the main character is never revealed. He's always referred to as: 'Kid' or 'Driver' even in the end credits he is listed as 'Driver'.
Ron Perlman won the role of Nino after explaining to Nicolas Winding Refn that he wanted to play "a Jewish man who wants to be an Italian gangster because that's what [he is], a Jewish boy from N.Y."
Despite the elaborate and realistic images of Los Angeles, Nicolas Winding Refn has no knowledge of the city. Refn spent most of his time with Ryan Gosling to get to know the city.
Bryan Cranston revealed in a 2012 interview that he ad-libbed many of his scenes in the film.
Bryan Cranston had previously guest starred in a 1998 episode of "The X-Files" called "Drive." That was his first collaboration with screenwriter Vince Gilligan who, impressed by his performance as a sympathetic villain in the episode, would later cast him as Walter White on Breaking Bad (2008) which ultimately lead to him being cast in Drive.
The movie's tagline is the same tagline that was used for No Country for Old Men (2007) ("There are no clean getaways").
The opening credits song "Nightcall" by Kavinsky, was suggested by editor Mat Newman. The song was also used in The Lincoln Lawyer (2011), which "Drive" costume designer Erin Benach and actor Bryan Cranston also worked on.
Nicolas Winding Refn replaced Neil Marshall as director. Refn was hand-picked by Ryan Gosling for the project.
Oscar Isaac worked with Nicolas Winding Refn to further develop his character, Standard, as a less archetypal ex-convict.
Although fake blood was used on the set, most of the gore effects were added in post-production.
Nicolas Winding Refn's first film based on a novel, and first film he did not write the script for.
Carey Mulligan lived at Nicolas Winding Refn's house during her time working on the film.
Irene and Standard were originally a Hispanic couple before Carey Mulligan was cast.
All the licensed songs (such as "Nightcall" by Kavinsky and "A Real Hero" by College) were released between 2007-2011, despite their retro feel.
During filming, Carey Mulligan got pulled over for speeding when driving Nicolas Winding Refn home. Her excuse was having too many cans of Red Bull.
Nino (Ron Perlman) is not the character's real name. Bernie (Albert Brooks) mentions Nino is Jewish and calls him Izzy one time. Typically, the Jewish proper names Isaac or Isadore become the nickname Izzy.
During every encounter with Irene, Driver is at his happiest. This is portrayed with the song "wrong floor" as it plays everytime the two are together.
The mask worn by Driver is from SPFX Masks, which sells ultra-realistic masks to the public.
At one point, Bernie asks Shannon (played by Bryan Cranston ) where he can find Driver, to which Shannon replies "Belize, maybe" but Bernie doesn't buy the answer. Years later, in "Breaking Bad" (2008)_, Cranston is the one who gets skeptical when hearing about someone making a trip to Belize.
An alternative/work print version of the film has many subtle additions of dialogue and scenes when compared to the final cut film. The temp score includes a strikingly different and haunting piece of music in the famous restaurant/showdown scene between Bernie and Driver.
Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan would work together again a few years later in Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).
Angelo Badalamenti was reported to be composing the score before Cliff Martinez, and is credited in some early versions of the film. Martinez later confirmed the name was used as a placeholder.
While watching a cartoon, Benicio assumes one of the characters is a villain because he's a shark, to which Driver replies "Are there no friendly sharks?" In Finding Nemo (2003), Albert Brooks (who plays Bernie in this movie) voiced a fish who encounters a vicious-looking shark that turns out to be quite friendly.
Casting director Mindy Marin, production designer Beth Mickle and costume designer Erin Benach have all worked with Ryan Gosling before "Drive." The latter has designed distinctive clothes for Gosling in Half Nelson (2006) and Blue Valentine (2010), as well as this film.
The camera being used by the film crew to shoot the cop car stunt Driver performs is a Panavision Panaflex System 65 Studio, apparently loaned by Panavision to the production as a prop.
Carey Mulligan dropped out of Violet & Daisy (2011) to do this film.
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James Biberi, who typically plays policemen in minor roles, plays against type as the thug Cook.
Pornstar Bobbi Starr originally had a cameo as the abused wife of Bernie Rose's (Albert Brooks) neighbor, Lenny. This scene was cut.
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Ron Perlman and Bryan Cranston were both starring as anti-heroes in separate TV shows (Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad, respectfully) at the time this movie was released.
Jacinda Barrett auditioned for the role of Blanche.
Ryan Gosling's character wears a jacket with a scorpion on the back. Gosling also happens to be a Scorpio (born November 12, 1980).


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

According to Nicolas Winding Refn, the head stomp scene was severely edited because the ratings board thought it was "too violent."
Nicolas Winding Refn sought advice from Gaspar Noé on how to make the head stomping scene brutal and realistic.
Nicolas Winding Refn reportedly filmed a scene where the Driver actually dies after he and Bernie stab each other. It was said to be used during an early test screening.
There are two hidden scorpions in the film:
  • When Driver is in the car right before the scene in the coffee shop where he tells the guy he is going to kick his teeth in. It is reflected in the window and makes a shape like a scorpion.

  • The second is when he goes to meet Bernie at the Restaurant. It is in the bottom right corner of the painting as he walks up to the table.

As Ryan Gosling's character walks into the trailer to take the bald-headed mask, three make-up heads/sculpts of Christina Hendricks that were used in her death scene can be seen in the background.
Christina Hendricks (Blanche) has less than 10 minutes of screen time despite prominent billing.
Body count: 10 (Standard, Blanche, two hotel thugs, tan suit hit-man, Cook, Shannon, Nino (along with his driver) and Bernie).
Ron Perlman injured his kneecap while shooting, when a wave hit him during his death scene at the beach.
The fork-in-the-eye during Cook's death scene was added weeks later into rehearsals.
Bernie asks to meet Driver at Sherman Way. Albert Brooks (Bernie) plays Marlin in Finding Nemo and has to get to "P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney"

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