Brent Magna used to race cars for a living. Now's he's racing for his wife's life. He is at
the mercy of an unseen assailant, a voice at the other end of a GPS speaker... because his wife
is at the mercy of this clever criminal. Brent's only tool is the skill he once exercised on the
track as a pro. He is now pushing that resource to its absolute limit. And beyond.
Hawke relates, "My character fell from grace in the racing world and moved to Europe to
try and start over. He used to miss his career, but now that he's found a different life with the
woman he adores, he's happy. Suddenly all that is in jeopardy."
"You feel for Brent," Solomon notes. "He's a regular guy, sort of beaten down, and now
the thing he cares about most is taken from him. He loves his wife so much that he's risking life
and limb to get her back. Ethan delivered a remarkable performance."
Hawke admits it was a challenge to be in a limited space for the entire film. He explains,
"Every scene for my character happens from the same seat. So it was interesting to dig for the
emotional nuances while not having as much freedom of movement."
While trapped in that driver's seat, Magna is being watched by multiple cameras
mounted on the Super Snake. Over the course of the night, he is directed to complete a series
of tasks without getting killed, and in turn, getting his wife killed. Each task more dangerous for
the people inside and outside the car.
Into that chaos comes the Kid, a young, hot shot, tech-savvy girl who pulls a gun on
Brent, jumping in the front seat and demanding that he turn over the keys. Instead, Brent takes
control and tells her to get out of the car. But the Voice has other ideas. Although they can
barely tolerate each other, the two become dependent on each other to survive the events that
unfold nonstop during the longest night of their lives.
Solomon says, "Brent and this girl don't want to be there with each other. She can't
stand him. He thinks she is irritating and doesn't need additional responsibility on his shoulders.
He's got enough to deal with."
Since the audience is literally behind the dash with them the entire film, casting the pair
Solomon remarks, "Ethan's an incredibly strong actor and in casting Selena, we thought
she would be able to hold her own with him, and she did. There was a nice contrast and
balance between them. She did a terrific job."
Gomez describes the Kid as "spunky and edgy. She knows a lot about cars and
technology, which I know nothing about, so, that was interesting for me. I learned a lot. I also
loved working with Ethan."
Of his on-screen costar, Hawke says, "Selena was an absolute pleasure. In a lot of
ways she had a tougher role than I do. You know, my character's motivation is incredibly
simple. He wants to get his wife back, so he's going to do what he's told. It's up to her
character to go through all this rigmarole of figuring out a way to fight back. Left to his own
devices, Brent would be dead and so would his wife. The Kid is the engine of the movie in a lot
Gomez offers, "Brent is very intense. You can see that he's extremely broken because
his wife is his complete world. In the beginning, my character is very harsh with him and hard to
get along with. But they spend all this time with each other in the car so they're obviously going
to get to know a lot about each other, whether they want to or not."
The third person in the car -- the remote Voice -- created another interesting dynamic.
Solomon says, "He's hands free, so to speak. He could be using ISP addresses that
nobody can track and could run an entire operation from anywhere in the world. That's what
technology does for us. But although he's just a voice coming over the GPS, his presence
actually takes up a great deal of space in the car with them."
Solomon knew that the Voice had to have an especially commanding air and
approached Jon Voight about participating in the film. He says, "Jon is a master and it was a
thrill to have him involved. He brought an elegant flavor to his character."
Voight relates, "Courtney really had a special vision and when someone comes at you
with that kind of energy and imagination, you pay attention."
Of his role, the actor continues, "He's a strange, worldly villain who has nothing better to
do than to play with people's lives. He's evil but brilliant, and always has another trick up his
sleeve. The really interesting challenge for me, since his full face isn't revealed for awhile, was
to create an ultra sophisticated, convincing character -- using only how he speaks to convey all
The specific way the Voice verbalizes took some time to find, says Voight, who
describes what he ultimately incorporated as "reflecting a certain set of manners. The voice I
discovered was playful, dry and had a certain lazy quality, as if he doesn't care about
anything -- a voice that has all the airs of civilization and none of the morality."
Rounding out the main cast are Rebecca Budig as Brent's terrified wife; Bruce Payne
and Paul Freeman, who are also involved in the Voice's endgame; and one star that everyone
conceded was by far the coolest -- the Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake.
The Shelby is no ordinary Mustang. It has long been an aspirational auto of choice for
motor heads and a pop culture symbol of the American spirit. A limited number are built each
year and it is regarded by many as one of the most capable street-legal hotrods in the world.
The dedicated cult following reveres its look, performance and custom status.
The majority of Shelbys featured in past films were built in the '60s; however, two silver
2008 GT500 Super Snakes with black stripes, and a 5.4-liter Ford SVT V-8 725 horse power
engine, with 590 lb.-ft of torque -- which translates to the ability to make a quarter-run mile in
12.5 seconds, hitting 119 miles-per-hour -- were used in the filming of "Getaway." Although the
Super Snakes were actually driven in intense stunts, they were used very judiciously because of
their high value. And, like every real star, the Super Snake had its own stand-ins and stunt
Solomon attests, "I chose the GT500 Super Snake because 'Getaway' takes place in a
foreign country, and I wanted the quintessential American muscle car with enough star power to
shine with Ethan and Selena. And boy, did it shine."
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