In June of last year, Aaron Paul was patiently waiting for the rest of the world to catch up with the final episodes of “Breaking Bad.” Decked out in a leather jacket, sunnily smiling, he was standing on the sidewalk near Cadillac Square in downtown Detroit — what you could also call a race track in forthcoming car flick “Need for Speed.”
The action-packed film was just one project of many on the actor’s slate at the time, but perhaps the one he could most frequently apply the term “badass.” Before signing on to “Speed,” he was motioned toward films like “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Bullitt” as references, rather than the “Fast & Furious” franchise; since the “Need for Speed” video game doesn’t have a plot, Paul was furthermore intrigued by a wide-open story that would have him zooming past cop cars and drifting past rivals in custom-built and classic vehicles.
Co-star Imogen Poots was on set during the Detroit shoot last year, with director Scott Waugh nearby. The Detroit set up was one of many, like in the video game. Here’s what Paul had to say about “Need for Speed,” “Breaking Bad,” driving school, video games, rock ‘n’ roll and leaping back into the driver’s seat of a dangerous role.
Below the story, check out new photos from Detroit shoot for “Need for Speed” with Paul, Poots and Waugh on the edge of their adoptive race track.