May 23, 2013 by Craig Sutherland
Ryan Gosling’s character wears a jacket with a scorpion on the back. Gosling also happens to be a Scorpio (born November 12, 1980).
Driver references the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog: the frog agrees to carry the scorpion across the river; the scorpion stings the frog, saying “it’s my nature” and both drown. Driver can be seen as The Frog of the story – he drives/carries criminals (scorpions) around in his car, but is inevitably dragged into their destructive world (stung) leading to everybody’s downfall. Driver’s jacket has a scorpion on the back, just as the frog carried the scorpion on its back.
All the licensed songs (such as “Nightcall” by Kavinsky and “A Real Hero” by College) were released between 2007-2011, despite their retro feel.
The movie’s tagline is the same tagline that was used for “No Country for Old Men” (There are no clean getaways).
The name of the main character is never revealed. He’s always referred to as: ‘Kid’ or ‘Driver’ even in the end credits he is listed as ‘Driver’.
SPOILER: There are three hidden scorpions in the film: – When Driver is in the car right before the scene in the coffee shop where he tells the guy he is going to kick his teeth in. It is reflected in the window and makes a shape like a scorpion. – The second is when he goes to meet Bernie at the Restaurant. It is in the bottom right corner of the painting as he walks up to the table. – When the Driver takes Irene and Benicio to the creek / pond, they play with scorpion claws.
Facts taken from IMDB