Jack Quaid and LeAnn Rimes share their 'Logan Lucky' experiences with Steven Soderbergh
The basic premise of the film has Jimmy (Channing Tatum), Clyde (Adam Driver), and Mellie Logan (Riley Keough) attempting to reverse their misfortunes in life by conducting a heist at none other than the famed Charlotte Motor Speedway during the longest race of the NASCAR season, the Coca-Cola 600. Quaid plays Fish Bang, a redneck who also joins in on the Logan family quest for riches.
"His name is Fish Bang. Him and Sam [Bang, played by Brian Gleeson], are two ex-meth heads who have recently converted to the side of good and they need a moral reason to pull off this heist. They find their way into that heist. It was so much fun getting to play a character like that."
When you go and see the film, you will see that Quaid and Fish Bang look nothing like each other. When it comes to his overall look, Quaid got a lot of freedom in choosing his appearance in the film to much delight.
"I got to pick my own tattoos, I had the wig, the hat, it was really fun! I remember I would take photos of myself and send them to my friends and be like 'Isn't this so weird? Like it looks so crazy!,' and then I sent it to my girlfriend and she was like 'You look so sexy in that outfit,' and I'm like 'You're the one person that thinks that! Ok, now I feel weird kind of how I look. You want this guy clearly.'"
Fish Bang is just one of the many funny characters you will come across in the movie from renowned director Soderbergh. Quaid enjoyed his experience working with him as he recalled:
"I've never seen anyone do this before in my life. He was not only the director, he was the DP so he was filming you, I never had it be like, 'Ok, action,' and he's right there in front of the camera...but then he would take the footage that he shot that day, go to the hotel where we were all staying at where he had a room that was his editing suite, upload the footage and then start editing what he shot that day -- the same day! And then occasionally he would have us over and be like 'Let's take a look at the movie,' and I would just see the movie but with chunks missing, and the chunks that were missing were just things that we hadn't shot yet. I remember there was this one time I was there and I was watching it and I said 'That was this morning. That was me at 9 A.M. and this is me at 6 P.M.."
With such a unique working style Soderbergh definitely impressed Quaid during the production process.
"We shot shorter days. We still had like the same overall schedule but every day was just shorter because he just works so fast. When he gets what he wants, that's it! So it was great, we would wrap by lunch sometimes [and] just get to go home. So like half of a day filming basically. Yeah, he cut it in half. So that was crazy."
Grammy award winning artist Rimes on the other hand, plays herself in the movie. Soderbergh cast her via phone because he liked how she sang the national anthem at the 2014 Indianapolis 500 which she elaborated during her recent interview.
"When he needed someone to sing "America The Beautiful" for this NASCAR race, which I've performed at many NASCAR races but the national anthem, he called me. I ended up a couple days later after the phone call, in Atlanta where they were filming the movie and I went down to set and sang "America The Beautiful" twice and that was it! It was the easiest thing I've ever done honestly."
In terms of working with Soderbergh, Rimes said "he's amazing [and] he's such a down to earth human being."
Despite how easy it was to just show up on set to sing a song, it wasn't clear sailing all throughout which Rimes continued:
"I actually kind of freaked out when I went to set because...well the night before when I got there, they handed me the lyrics to "America The Beautiful," and there's eight verses. I don't know if everyone knows, but there's 8 verses to the song. So I go 'Whoa, okay! So he wants all eight verses?' and his producers were like 'Oh yeah! Yeah, he wants all eight verses!,' and I'm like 'Nope, can I talk to him? Like this can't happen!' So I go to set and I'm like 'There's eight verses, do you want all of these?,' and he [Soderbergh] was like 'There's eight verses?,' and I'm like 'Thank you GOD! He doesn't know there's eight verses (laughs).' And so he's like, 'No, no just like two of them is good.' So I'm like 'Okay, cool, we'll be good in the morning.'
With that minor panic attack aside, things would go on smoothly for Rimes as she belts the patriotic tune for the film's pre-race ceremony scenes.