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09/16/2011 11:04 am ET | Updated Nov 16, 2011

L.A. Story: 'Drive' Director Nicolas Winding Refn On His Quintessential Los Angeles Film

Finally out now after weeks of advance hype, 'Drive' tells the story of an unnamed stunt driver (Ryan Gosling) who moonlights as a wheelman-for-hire, navigating criminals through the streets of Los Angeles while armed only with his wheels and his killer tunes. If it sounds like a story that could only happen in Hollywood, it is: from an opening chase scene that ends at the Staples Center to a closing confrontation at a Chinese restaurant in the Valley, 'Drive' puts the Los Angeles you don't normally see on film front-and-center. For director Nicolas Winding Refn, that was totally intentional.

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