Aaron Paul Says 'Need for Speed' Will "Surprise Everybody"

Aaron Paul

Worried that the upcoming Need for Speed is going to be just another video game movie? The film's star, Breaking Bad vet Aaron Paul, would like to set your mind at ease.

"Need For Speed is going to surprise everybody. I think a lot of people are thinking it’s going to be this car film, but it’s not that at all," Paul told Empire during a recent interview -- which might set film buffs' minds at ease, but his reasons why might be cause to dial back that enthusiasm a bit.

"There’s no actual narrative in the game, it’s just superfast cars with the point of view of the driver: his point of view as his car blasts around," Paul explained. "And, of course, cops chasing them. It’s just plain make believe, pure imagination – it’s really, truly a blank canvas using really incredible supercars."

Blank canvases are great when you're talking about purely creative projects, but if you're dealing with a film that's mostly being made because people have already heard the title and might be that much more likely to line up to see it in a different medium? That tends to be a different story.

On the other hand, supercars are cool. And we can be at least partly set at ease by the presence of DreamWorks chairman Steven Spielberg, who Paul says handpicked him for Need for Speed's starring role. "He loves Breaking Bad," he explained. "It was like, 'Yep, I’m going to give you this.' I was in London when I got the phonecall. I think I said, 'Really? Okay. Wow.'"

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