Interview: Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez & Jon Hamm (“Baby Driver”)

Jamie Foxx, Eiza Gonzalez and Jon Hamm are the “bad guys”, in Edgar Wright’s fabulous fun, original, action/heist/musical film, “Baby Driver.”

Jon Hamm  knew he was onto a winner from the beginning. “I felt like we were making something, from when I first read the script, what I liked about it was that it was original. You know, it’s not a sequel, it’s not a prequel, it’s not a reboot, it’s its own thing. And just to have that as a starting point was really nice. And then you add in the cast, you add in Edgar’s secret sauce that he adds into the stew and I was like, ‘OK, at the very end of the day, we’re going to make something unique.’ You’re ahead of the game there.”

Eiza Gonzalez plays Jon’s girlfriend, “Darling”. She was a massive Mad Men fan, so how did she feel when she was asked to come back for the final audition and she had to read with Mad Men’s “Don Draper”?

“I loved this movie and I really wanted it and I really didn’t want to screw it. Nerves are tricky and they work in mysterious ways when you’re in a room, and obviously Jon, being a fan, that was a thing. But it was a lot of pressure. I just wanted to show that I was capable of doing what I could while earning a place and feeling like I could make Jon feel comfortable.”

We all assume that days of auditions are over for Jamie and Jon. How do they feel about the whole audition process?

Jamie is quite philosophical about it. “You know what, it depends. It’s like you love getting the part and you love, if you have to, work for a part. Like “Django”, I had to go and audition and meet and things like that. Nothing’s promised in this business. It does feel good to be called upon for what you do so that’s something that you work towards in your career – that you can say OK, I’ve worked enough, I’ve shown enough … so that’s what we all work towards but whatever it takes to get things going. I don’t think we’re ever arrogant in that point.”

Jon feels the same way. “I certainly don’t miss auditioning but the same point, I have no problem with, as Jamie said, coming in and working for it, I’ll show you what I can do, let’s go.”

I couldn’t let the guys go without finding out whether or not, like in the film, they have a killer song and if they believe in Hex songs.

Jon doesn’t have either, “I don’t know, it’s too hard for me to narrow it down to one anything, it’s too weird.”

As for Eiza, her go to killer song is anything by The Killers.

Jamie on the other hand is a true believer in Hex songs.  “When I’m playing pool and hear ‘Hotel California’, I always scratch or hit the 8 ball in. In college every time that song came on, I’d wait until it was over while I was playing pool. I was in the student centre and they would say, ‘hey what are you doing?’ and I would say, ‘I’m going to let this go.’ And when it was over I would get back in it. But every time, I would hit the eight ball in. We were playing for lunch and for food back then.”

“Baby Driver” is in Irish cinemas on June 28.



About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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