Drive director avoided CGI to create more 'grounded' film

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Based on the 2005 book by James Sallis, "Drive" features Ryan Gosling in the lead role with Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Ron Perlman, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks making up the supporting cast. As an unnamed Hollywood stunt driver moonlighting as a wheelman, Gosling's character finds out that a contract has been put out on him after a bank heist goes wrong.

September 16th, 2011

'Drive' director Nicolas Winding Refn prefers not to use computer-generated imagery (CGI) so his movies have a more "grounded feel".

Much of the thriller, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan - which tells the tale of a Hollywood stuntman who assists in bank robberies in his spare time, but is forced to go on the run with a former prisoner's girlfriend - is set in a car and Nicolas admitted he didn't want to film against a green screen.

He told " I love to be on location, I love to be in other parts of the world, I love to be where I'm reminded about real, you know, emotions. I love to touch things and design things and I think that for the actor it certainly helps their performance. To be in something that at least gives the illusion of being real."

However Nicolas - who is set to direct big budget 'Logan's Run' - admitted one reason he hasn't used CGI before is because he couldn't afford it until now.

He said: "I think a lot of it has to do with budgets. I mean they have gotten cheaper, the CGI. But I haven't gotten around to being in a green room yet. And I don't know if I will actually like it.

"You know, when I do 'Logan's Run', I'm sure that we will get into the CGI arena. But then it's a different budget area."