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Aaron Paul Talks About His “Need For Speed”

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – In Need for Speed, Tobey Marshall, played by actor Aaron Paul, is a blue collar mechanic who races muscle cars on the side in an unsanctioned street circuit. A disastrous race allows a competitor of Tobey’s to frame him for a crime he did not commit—landing him in jail for two years.

When Tobey is released from jail, he wants revenge and his only chance is to defeat his enemy is to partake in a high-stakes race knows as the DeLeon.

CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo asked Paul, “I heard at the beginning that you said, you know, it’s a movie built on a video game—maybe not for me. And then you read the script?”

Yeah, I mean exactly. I was really hesitant. I was like ugh, another car franchise, I don’t know?” said Paul. “And then I read the script and I was really blown away, by the human story behind it and the incredible characters, I was instantly invested. I wanted to know what was going to happen.”

Ramon Rodriguez plays Joe Peck, Tobey’s chief mechanic. The two underwent intense driving training as the filmmakers insisted on no computer generated imagery, or CGI, in this movie.

So NO CGI and lots of training, let’s talk about that. I mean, you got behind the wheel, was there fear when you really hit those speeds?” Petrillo asked Paul.

“Honestly for me, no. It was just more of the excitement. I mean the fact that our director wanted to do a throwback to the films that really started the genre like Bull at Vanishing Point, Smokey and The Bandit- films that didn’t rely on CGI or green screen, because that didn’t exist,” said Paul.

“One of the awesome parts of what we get to do is, we get to learn new skills and just add them to our toolbox and one of them was you know, going to stunt school and learning how to drive and maneuver a car and how to get yourself out of maybe a sticky situation,” Ramon Rodriguez said.

The actors say it’s the action paired with a well-written storyline that make Need for Speed really cruise.

“I mean at the core of it, it’s kind of just really about righting a wrong and the boys coming together and helping each other out to—to seek vengeance, really. And I love that, it’s the real thing,” said Paul.

Sure the interview was about Paul’s latest role in Need for Speed but Petrillo couldn’t help but ask him about Breaking Bad—a show that certainly changed his career. 

“I would say it’s incredible and I mean the fan base is just growing,” said Paul adding, “it definitely has not slowed down and it’s so great, because anyone that is a fan of the show, is such a passionate fan of the show and you know it’s…I feel very blessed to be a big part of it.”

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