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The Great Escape Edgar Wright on his musical-car-chase mashup Baby Driver, the coolest getaway of the season


THE FILMMAKER EDGAR WRIGHT was born in the English countryside, but his brain is pure Hollywood, so saturated with cinema history that he could pass as a backup to the Internet Movie Database, should some of his movies’ comically apocalyptic crises come to pass. Wright has turned that deep movie geekery into a very particular brand of smart, funny, gleefully violent and unexpectedly good-natured films, each a pitch-perfect, multi-hyphenate mashup, including the rom-com-zom(bie) Shaun of the Dead, the village-green-preservation- society-conspiracy-cop-thriller Hot Fuzz and the live-action-videogame- comic-book-adaptation-romcom Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

At 43, he still looks like the boy wonder who launched his career at age 19 with a homemade Western parody, A Fistful of Fingers, which led to a job directing comedy shows on the BBC (which, coincidentally, all ended up featuring a lot of genre pastiche and parody). In a corner of his favorite breakfast place in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz (where he stays when in the States), face to face with his infectious enthusiasms and bouncy charm, it is easy to see why someone might give him millions of dollars to make a high-concept heist movie, the about-to-be-released Baby Driver, which he wrote and directed. But while he’s happy to unfurl strings of anecdotes and recommendations for favorite songs, movies, lines and scenes, this director of the best carchase film in years can’t quite remember what kind of car he drove to get here. “Since the movie, I’ve been driving a Mercedes, but I…oh man.” For a moment, he’s at a loss. “I just got a new one the other day, but this is a rental. Don’t say Edgar Wright had no idea what car he was driving.”

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