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Warning: possible spoilers ahead for Baby Driver. Read ahead at your own risk!
Baby Driver is one of the most meticulously-planned and thought out movies that we have seen in quite a while, but that doesn't change the fact that the cast and crew still had to improvise here and there during production. In fact, when Edgar Wright wanted to redo part of the elevator sequence towards the beginning of the film, he went to the set of House of Cards to work with Kevin Spacey once the Oscar-winner had finished for the day. The duo opened up about this at a recent Cars, Arts, & Beats: A Night Out with Baby Driver event in Los Angeles and said:
Edgar Wright: I actually went to the set. I came to the set of House of Cards and shot next to Air Force One.
Kevin Spacey: Next to Air Force One. I was done shooting that day and I then got back into Baby Doc and we shot those few lines and you put them in with me.
Apparently, in the original version of the Baby Driver script, Doc's lines to Baby in the elevator scene were actually uttered towards the end of the film -- after he has been run over by Buddy. Edgar Wright wanted to get those character moments into the film earlier, so he took it upon himself to go to Baltimore and shoot the lines near the House of Cards set. Then, once the footage was in the can, Spacey was added to the elevator scene with the other actors around him.
Of course, the notion that Doc was supposed to have more lines after being hit by Buddy's car only raises our suspicions that he could return someday. Elsewhere during the same conversation, Kevin Spacey expressed interest in returning for a possible Baby Driver sequel, lending further credence to the idea that Wright may have intended for Doc to survive the film -- albeit with some pretty substantial injuries.
If this is true, then it sounds like a similar technique used earlier this year by James Gunn on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Specifically, at the very end of Guardians when Peter Quill gives a eulogy for a dearly-departed ally -- which we won't spoil here if you haven't seen it. In that scene, Gunn and Chris Pratt had shot a sequence with everyone on the set, but they eventually came up with an idea for the funeral that they liked even more, and as such, they went back and inserted Pratt into the scene using green screen. Whether it's a Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster or a smaller indie like Baby Driver, movie magic really is magical, isn't it?
Baby Driver is currently available on Digital HD, and the DVD and Blu-ray editions of the film will hit shelves next week on October 10. If you're looking for more information on all of the movies set to debut over the next year, have a look at CinemaBlend's 2017 movie premiere guide, as well as our 2018 movie premiere guide.