ATLANTA, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - If you were in downtown Macon last summer you might remember when Hollywood visited middle Georgia. Film crews hit the streets to make 'Need for Speed.'
From the get go, it's a high octane...pedal to the metal, thrill ride.
"Just like the game this guy, his whole thing is he wanted to put the audience in the driver's seat. In the game, you feel like you're driving these cars. You know you did that so great," Aaron Paul, who plays 'Tobey Marshall', the lead in the film, said.
Paul and director Scott Waugh talked with 41NBC about the making of the film.
The movie, based off of the popular car racing video game franchise, tells the story of Tobey Marshall, an auto mechanic who goes to jail for a crime he didn't commit, and how he plans to get vengeance on the guys who put him there.
"I think it really defines the movie we made by Aaron Paul starring in the movie. And it really pains me to have to give him a compliment," Waugh said jokingly.
One of the members of Marshall's team is Benny, played by Scott Mescudi also known as the rapper 'Kid Cudi.'
Mescudi says the jokes both on camera and off take Need for Speed to another level. It's a chemistry he says just works.
"It kind of lightens up the intensity of you know car chase scene, intense intense intense. Which is what you get from some movies. I think that that is the twist. I think that's what sets Need for Speed apart from everything else," Mescudi said.
One of the great things about Georgia is that you can turn different cities in the state to pretty much any location on the globe.
That's what the film crews did for the movie.
Macon was a small city in New Jersey and a road in Detroit.
"I love Macon," Paul said.
"We had so much fun in Georgia, it was such a great place to film. They were so wonderful in opening up a lot of streets for us to film in. Macon, what a town. We layed a lot of rubber down," Waugh said.
Stars of the film say they had an amazing time in the city and felt right at home.
"It's cool man it reminds me of Cleveland as far as that good old small town vibe. It was great, all of the locals were great. A lot of action in a small town. We were ripping the city up, it was wild," Mescudi said.
Mescudi says that sense of nostalgia is one of the biggest reasons he signed up to play the character.
He thinks the action packed, buddy flick, is one that'll bring out everyone in the entire family.
"I think that's what's going to set us apart. These are characters that are easy to relate to. There good guys, guys you want to hang out with," Mescudi said.
Need for Speed is in theaters now.