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He's Got the Need...

Allison Mitchell | March 4, 2014 | Articles

Steven Spielberg handpicked you to play the lead role of Tobey Marshall in NFS. Tell us about your relationship with the legendary director.
[The first time I met Spielberg] I had just moved to L.A. from Idaho. I was 17 years old, working in a movie theater at Universal City. Two weeks into working there, we were doing a premiere for Primary Colors, and I was taking tickets. Spielberg was the first celebrity I recognized, and my spine instantly locked up. I almost shook his hand after I grabbed his tickets, and I thought to myself: Oh, my God, I have made it. I didn’t see him for like 15 years, and now we’re working together.

That’s wild! Now he’s a fan of yours. How was your time in Atlanta? Any favorite spots?
I love this city. Ormsby’s is dope—we’re going there tonight if you want to come! Pizza is my favorite and Antico [Pizza] is the absolute best. Also, Steamhouse [Lounge], their crab—oh my God, it’s so good.

We all love you from Breaking Bad. What made you pick a racing action flick as your next gig?
Coming off of a show that was such a cultural phenomenon, I knew I had to be very picky with my next move. The idea of driving around this beautiful country of ours in these crazy-fast machines was very exciting to me. The show was great—I was so blessed to be a part of it, but it was six years of something very heavy. I wanted to jump into something fun! @aaronpaul_8


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