Directed by Edgar Wright, Baby Driver is basically Heat, The Driver, and Singin' in the Rain all mashed up into one glorious movie. This 2017 heist flick follows a music-loving getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) who tries to leave his life of crime after falling head-over-heels for a waitress who resembles Cinderella (Lily James). Of course, his plans don't exactly pan out, and Baby is forced to do all sorts of crazy driving to evade a band of cutthroat bank robbers.
And as it turns out, almost every stunt Baby pulls is the real deal.
"We tried to do everything in camera," said Darrin Prescott, the film's stunt coordinator and second-unit director, "99 percent was practical." That includes the jaw-dropping "180 in, 180 out" gag from the movie's opening scene. While trying to escape the long arm of the law, Baby turns into a crowded alleyway full of moving vehicles. Never once losing his cool, our hero throws his Subaru into a forward 180, spinning around one truck, before throwing the car into a reverse 180, successfully dodging another automobile.
Naturally, while Ansel Elgort did a lot of his own driving, this particular stunt was performed by Jeremy Fry. After rehearsing the move about six times on a parking lot, the crew set up in an actual alley, and Fry got up to 70 mph before sending his car into a tailspin, avoiding every obstacle in his path. "A different movie would have just done that…on green screen," Prescott told Entertainment Weekly, but the Baby Driver stunt doubles wanted to capture that realistic feel, even if it meant putting their lives on the line.