Need for Speed movie: The stunts are real

Lead actor Aaron Paul says there is no CGI in the upcoming movie based on the Need for Speed series.

This post contains spoilers about the Need for Speed movie.

All of the stunts you'll see in the upcoming Need for Speed movie from DreamWorks are real.

"There's zero CGI in this film," lead actor Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) said last night after a screening for the movie attended by GameSpot in Boston. Paul plays a street racing car mechanic named Tobey in the movie. "All of the stunts were actually practical. They actually happened; none of it was green-screened. So when you saw the car drive off the cliff, they did that, which is just insane."

This isn't so surprising when you consider director Scott Waugh's background. He was part of the stunt team for dozens of action-heavy films, including The Italian Job, We Were Soldiers, and The Last of the Mohicans. His father, Fred Waugh, was the original Spider-Man.

Waugh sided with realism over the kind of scenes you'd expect from a Need for Speed video game because "he didn't want to lie to the audience," Paul said. "He wanted the audience to know that I was truly driving."

During closed-course scenes on freeways and on the winding hills of Mendocino, California, it's actually Paul behind the wheel, pushing muscle cars to speeds of 130 mph. Stuntmen, however, were used for scenes that required speeds of around 180mph and special jumps and maneuvers.

"They said no," Paul said about asking the stunt crew if he could perform these scenes. Stuntmen also performed the cliff scene and one scene where Paul's character performs a "Grasshopper" jump (above) where his car soars over an on-ramp an onto a busy street.

Paul wasn't just driving straightaways at top-speed, however. For one scene early in the film, Paul needed to perform a slide in a Koenigsegg and end the move within inches of the camera.

"None of the cameramen wanted to hold the camera," Paul recalled. "So Scott, our director, was holding the camera."

Paul attempted the high-speed move three times. On his first attempt, at 50-60 mph, he got about 15 feet from the camera. "You gotta do better than that," Paul recalls Waugh saying. He got even closer with his second try. And on his third go-around, he nailed it, and that's the shot you'll see in the film.

The Need for Speed movie is described as a throwback to '60s and '70s car culture and even pays tribute to other car-focused classic films like Bullitt and Thelma & Louise. Paul described McQueen as a "badass." The film opens in theaters on March 14. I'll have more impressions to give on the film sometime before it hits theaters next month.

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Discussion

46 comments
PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

Did this article contain spoilers???

Credit where credit's due, I'm glad some films are still willing to film reality. Most big budget movies can't even be arsed to do on location filming anymore. London, Tokyo, South Africa, Tattoine; ALL done on green screens. :-P

I've got to admit that I like the list of movies they claim NFS pays tribute to. I only hope that means that they've been a genuine source of influence.

Navardo95
Navardo95

"no CGI in the upcoming movie based on the Need for Speed series."

*looks at first pic*

I'm filing a lawsuit.

iampenguin
iampenguin

Sure then give me a list of names that died doing the deathly stunts.

berserker66666
berserker66666

SPOILER WARNING


Here.s the story of NFS


After Jesse Pinkman drives off really fast in the distance at the end of Breaking Bad, he found some other racers who challenged him in a race. So Jesse assumed a new identity, a new car and.........NEED FOR SPEED THE MOVIE.

kidflash2000
kidflash2000

I like the real stunts and that Aaron Paul did the driving...but is there a real story? Because i havent seen one in the trailers so far

Pierce_Sparrow
Pierce_Sparrow

Seeing this at a screening next week, so I don't even care if it's bad. If it is, at least I saw it for free.

max-hit
max-hit

I don't care how bad the movie is. I'll watch it because of Aaron Paul.

psx_warrior
psx_warrior

Geez, the trolls have so totally taken over gamespot.  Why does every article have to have a negative spin by the trolls?  The discussion section should just be subtitled, beware the trolls. 

hadlee73
hadlee73

I believe the Dukes of Hazzard movie also had real stunts. Just the thought of all those old Chargers dying for that movie... lol

guardianofhonor
guardianofhonor

Oh wow another movie about expensive sport cars jumping over stuff, how original. So they arent using CGI its just superimposed.

CUDGEdave
CUDGEdave

Another drab movie for the brain dead masses.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Actually looking forward to this one.

Because... MAGNETS, bitch!

Dsolow5
Dsolow5

Hope he gets better parts. Definitely a good actor.

TheNightMammoth
TheNightMammoth

I hope this is true. I don't mind CG when it's done well but problem I have with most movies these days is that they use it as a complete substitute for practical effects but don't have enough money to get the really good stuff, and it lack substance and looks cheap. Probably why I like so many 80's action movies, which were made before I was even born.

HesamB
HesamB

this movie gon' suck... BITCH !

wgerardi
wgerardi

Why the fuck does Aaron Paul have Michael Keaton's voice in that trailer?!??? So creepy.

wgerardi
wgerardi

My homie was on the set one day and said they broke like 20 cameras.

acerock980
acerock980

God bless you gamespot now i can sleep at night knowing this information, hopefully the hungry individuals at ea can sleep as well knowing their once proud video games series is being done justice...

Saidrex
Saidrex

Suuuuuure. Science b*tch!

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

The stunts are real?  The future 20% rating on RottenTomatoes.com is also real.

noandno
noandno

They should've handed all of the stunts to Top Gear

berserker66666
berserker66666

Even Chuck Norris can't save this upcoming train wreck of a movie. Aaron Paul should've just stuck to Jesse Pinkman.

codac
codac

Dreamworks not using CGI in a Driving movie based on Need for Speed.....where am I and what year is this?

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

I'm calling BS, based on the cheesy CG-laden trailer


...or are they pulling the old "we really performed them, but then just 'enhanced the film quality' with CG in post" trickery?  Either way, it still looks like BS.

brad12d3
brad12d3

@Navardo95  So are you saying that it's impossible to launch a car in the air while simultaneously igniting a controlled explosion behind it without the aid of CGI? Then how were they doing it before CGI? As someone who does some VFX work and has worked in film/tv for a number of years, I see no reason why the first picture isn't exactly what they got in camera.. except for a maybe a trip to DaVinci Resolve for some grading to really make it pop.

NTM23
NTM23

@psx_warrior  


Yep... It's weird. I was thinking about this the other day too. It makes me wonder why so many people love games, or even come on this site if all they do is complain. I mean, sure, it's a little deeper than that, but more often than not, it's more negative than positive. I'm talking about in general, not about this film necessarily (I don't want to see it).

Navardo95
Navardo95

@BARRICADE_28  Well I can easily say this one has a huge chance of being a colossal failure but anyone who believes in Rotten Tomatoes' ratings will be missing out on a huge no. of movies.

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

@BARRICADE_28  Perhaps, but anybody who decides which films to watch purely on the score they receive from critics, is missing out on a lot of really fun movies...

troll_eat_troll
troll_eat_troll

@noandno Nah, Top Gear should just make their own movie starring Clarkson, Hammond and May.  May sound weird to some but I would love to see it happen, lol.  Imagine it's something similar to Fast and Furious but mostly comedic.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@NTM23 Yeah, let's hold hands and agree with each other instead.

Fiendvinny
Fiendvinny

I don't think our brains could handle such an epic movie.