It’s been 10 years since Nicolas Winding’s atmospheric thriller Refn Drive came on the scene and inspired countless men to shop for satin jackets with a scorpion on their backs, wear driving gloves, and listen to moody synth-pop while roaming the streets at night. The film, which looked both like a love letter to the work of directors like Michael Mann and a sign of what was to come, had many perks: a gripping story about a Hollywood stuntman who spends his nights as a getaway driver, an undeniable vibe and an outstanding cast that included Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston, to name a few.
If you were wondering what the exceptional and stacked Drive the cast has been around since 2011, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’re going to break down each of the stars and most of the places they’ve been since roaming the streets of Los Angeles.
Ryan Gosling (The Driver)
It is true that Drive is one of Ryan Gosling’s best films, but it’s also true that the career of the multi-talented artist has only grown and cleared since he took on the role of the known mysterious loner simply under the name of The Driver. Since its appearance in Drive, Gosling was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards, winning one for his outstanding role in La La Land, a performance that also earned him an Oscar nomination.
Apart from his appearance in Damien Chazelle’s love letter in Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling has portrayed memorable characters in dramas like The Ides of March, The place Beyond the Pines, and First man (also directed by Chazelle), as well as a short sci-fi film titled Blade Runner 2049. And, in the near future, Gosling will be sharing the screen with Chris Evans in the upcoming Russo Brothers spy thriller. The gray man.
Carey Mulligan (Irene Gabriel)
Already a rising star in young Hollywood by the time she joined the Drive actors, Carey Mulligan’s portrayal of Irene Gabriel helped the actress reach new heights in late 2011. Immediately after her touching performance alongside Ryan Gosling, Mulligan appeared in Steve McQueen’s psychological thriller Shame, in which she plays Sissy Sullivan, the tormented and suicidal sister of Michael Fassbender’s Brandon Sullivan.
The following years saw Carey Mulligan bounce back between big budget movie shows like Gatsby the magnificent and character-driven dramas like Inside Llewyn Davis (who also featured her husband on the screen of Drive, Oscar Isaac). Mulligan’s career reached new heights with her portrayal of avenging Cassandra “Cassie Thomas in Oscar-winning dark comedy Promising young woman. She will appear soon in Maria Schrader’s upcoming adaptation of She said, which focuses on the New York Times reporters who first revealed the Harvey Weinstein story.
Bryan Cranston (Shannon)
Bryan Cranston was in the middle of his brilliant tour as Walter White on breaking Bad when he joined the Drive play as Shannon, the manager of The Driver and a friend’s closest thing. You’d think that after the AMC drama series ended in 2013 (after the show’s star won multiple Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globes), Cranston would take a well-deserved time off, but that’s far from the case.
Over the past decade Bryan Cranston has appeared in countless films ranging from Contagion To Trumbo, show as Sneaky pete and Your Honor, and even several theatrical productions like All the, who saw him portray former US President Lyndon B. Johnson and Network.
Albert Brooks (Bernie Rose)
Albert Brooks’ portrayal of crime boss Bernie Rose is honestly one of the most terrifying aspects of Drive and is one of his best performances of the 21st century, if not his entire career. In the years since the release of the 2011 crime thriller Brooks, who is perhaps best known for playing Aaron Altman in News Released (which earned him an Oscar nomination) or Marlin in Pixar’s The world of Nemo, has appeared a few times in films like It’s 40, One of the most violent Year, and Concussion.
This is in addition to all the voice acting roles Albert Brooks has played over the past decade, which includes retaliation from his The world of Nemo character in the 2016s Finding Dory, The Secret Life of Pets, and The little Prince.
Oscar Isaac (Standard Gabriel)
Oscar Isaac was already a relatively household name by the time he signed to play Standard Gabriel in Drive, but his portrayal of the recently released convict struggling with serious money issues helped usher in a new era for the talented actor. A few years after the release of the 2011 drama, Isaac once again shared the screen with Carey Mulligan in the Coen brothers’ black musical. Inside Llewyn Davis, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination and a handful of other accolades. After that it was hit after hit until he landed the role of Poe Dameron in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has only propelled his career to new heights.
In 2022, Oscar Isaac will join the list of actors who have played in both Star wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he plays Marc Spector in the next Disney + series Moon knight.
Christina Hendricks (White)
When Christina Hendricks joined the Drive casting in 2011, she was in the middle of her run as Joan Holloway on Mad Men, a role that earned him five consecutive Primetime Emmy nominations from 2010 to 2015. In the years since his portrayal of Chris Cook’s (James Biberi) hapless accomplice, Blanche, in DriveThe pawnshop theft has gone wrong, Hendricks has appeared in films like Bad Santa Claus 2, The neon demon, American woman, and Toy story 4 (she was the voice of Gabby Gabby).
On the TV side, Christina Hendricks has played major roles in shows like Hap and Leonard, Tin star, and Good girls. She is currently voicing the character of Cherie in the adult animated comedy series. Solar opposites.
Ron Perlman (Nino ‘Izzy’ Paolozzi)
Ron Perlman, who played Nino “Izzy” Paolozzi in Drive, has appeared in countless movies and TV shows since his character learned the hard way that trying to get a quick shot on The Driver wasn’t the best idea. Over the past decade, Perlman has wrapped up his portrayal of Clay Morrow on Sons of anarchy, starred in shows like God’s hand, Start, and Capturing, as well as smaller roles on The blacklist, Maron, and the 2020 Reno 911! the comeback. And, that doesn’t even touch her voiceover work which includes american father, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Tangled: The Series, and Transformers: The Power of the Bounties.
The cinematographic work carried out by Ron Perlman since Drive is equally impressive. Over the past decade, Perlman has appeared in several dozen films like Pacific Rim, fantastic beasts and where to find them, Stone wall, and Monster hunter. Perlman set to voice Mangiafuoco in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming adaptation of Pinocchio.
Kaden Leos (Benicio Gabriel)
Kaden Leos played Standard and Irene Gabriel’s young son, Benicio, in Drive. It looks like playing the young boy who forms a unique bond with The Driver in Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 crime thriller was Leos’ first and only time on camera.
James Biberi (Chris Cook)
James Biberi’s character Chris Cook doesn’t have the best way out Drive, but it’s hard to feel bad for the guy after everything he’s done in the moments leading up to his demise. In the years since receiving a fork in the eye, Biberi has appeared in films like dead man down, The girl on the train, and 8 from the ocean.
The veteran actor, who ended the “Dick Wolf Hat Trick” with appearances on Law and order, Law and order: criminal intent, and Law and order: Special Victims Assistance Unit (he appeared several times on all three shows), appeared on The blacklist and daredevil in the years following the release of Drive.
Jeff Wolfe (Elevator Assassin)
Jeff Wolfe only appears in one scene from Drive, but little screen time as the alleged assassin getting his head kicked by the driver in the elevator is just too good not to be included here. Over the years, the stuntman / actor has appeared in everything from The Avengers To Bosch, and Mayans MC at Gangster Squad, and several film and television projects. Wolfe has also been a stunt coordinator on shows like Mac Gyver, Peak hour, and Stalker, with additional work on furious 7, Game night, and Scandal.
Russ Tamblyn (Doc.)
And then there’s Russ Tamblyn, whose appearance in Drive is so short, you will miss it if you are not careful. In the years since Doc (he’s the doctor who sews up The Driver towards the end of the film), Russ Tamblyn, who received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Riff in West Side Story, has appeared in movies like Django Unchained and Shots. Tamblyn’s television work includes appearances on Todd Margaret’s increasingly bad decisions, The Haunting of Hill House, and the relaunch in 2017 of Twin peaks, which saw the veteran actor reprise the role of Dr. Lawrence Jacoby from the original 1990 series.
As you can see, the Drive The cast has remained very busy, for the most part, over the past decade. If you want to know when you can expect to see one of the stars on the big screen again, check out CinemaBlend’s 2021 movie release schedule.