'Drive' gives people gas
Thursday (April 6) morning commuters who noticed a little extra traffic in Century City at the corner of Wilshire and Beverly Glenn have FOX's new drama Drive to thank, though given the price of bubbling crude in the Los Angeles area, those drivers who scored free gas are unlikely to complain about the minor inconvenience.
Drive took over the Century City 76 gas station on Thursday morning and offered $25 fill-ups to motorists who backed up the right turn lane for blocks. The location of the station meant that a long stream of Mercedes, Beemers and Lexuses were taking advantage of the promo, but even the comfortably wealthy need a little assist when the cheap stuff is going for $3.39 a gallon.
For the most part, customers were taken care of by Los Angeles' second largest group of blue collar laborers -- aspiring actors. That meant that the gas station was crawling with women in tight yellow short-shorts, knee-high athletic socks and tight black Drive t-shirts, all looking like swiftly eliminated contestants from The CW's new Pussycat Dolls reality show. The men looked like square-jawed Ken dolls. None of them looked like they really knew how to pump gas.
Several Drive cast members also got in on the action, including Kevin Alejandro, Rochelle Aytes, Riley Smith and Mircea Monroe.
Why should viewers tune in for Drive when there are so many other serialized dramas on TV?
"Because do any of those shows have fast cars, hot women and cool guys? No. No. So there you go," Smith says. "Everybody always says 'What's the show about?' and I say, '12 ordinary strangers on a cross-country race for $32 million' and they're like 'But what's it about?' and I'm like 'That's what it's about.' When Lost started, they said 'A plane crashes on an island.' When Grey's started they said, 'A bunch of doctors in a hospital.' What else do we need to say? If we told anybody anything else, we'd be giving the show away. Obviously there's more to it than that."
Drive premieres with a three-hour event on Sunday, April 15 and Monday, April 16 and from what we've seen (only the first half of Sunday night's two-hour block), it looks pretty good.
A few other quotes from the event:
Aytes, offering her reason for why people should tune in: "OK, first of all, this is like an excellent movie that doesn't end. To me, when I read the scripts, I'm excited to get to the next one and see what happens. People should watch this show because it is so unique and very different. I don't think we've seen this one TV -- it's action and it's fast-paced with a lot of drama and a lot of twists."
Smith, on how shooting the show has changed the way he looks at cars on the road: "I'm going 70 down the freeway and cars are whizzing by me and they're doing crazy things and I start to think, 'Are these people in some kind of race? Does this really exist? Are they in it?' You start to wonder. And then I start to wonder if this is going to catch on for people in the real world? Are they going to start doing these crazy shenanigans and they we're going to have to do PSAs and tell 'em not to do it?"
Monroe, on whether her own driving has changed since production began: "I feel like I'm more aggressive, not dangerous, but a tiny hair more aggressive, which for me doesn't mean much, because I drive so slow."
Alejandro, on being a car person in real life: "I am a car guy, but I'm kind of narrow when it comes to cars, though -- I only like '67, '68 Camaros. My dad and I used to rebuild those when I was younger, so I know everything about that car."