‘Logan Lucky’ Clip: Watch a Delightful Daniel Craig Weigh the Pros and Cons of a Hillbilly Heist
It’s too early to be entirely certain, but judging by this clip, Daniel Craig might be the most wonderful part of Logan Lucky. The 007 star drops the posh accent and suave sophistication to play a bleach-blonde countrified convict in Steven Soderbergh’s latest film, which centers on a pair of brothers (Channing Tatum and Adam Driver) plotting to pull off a heist during a big racing event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. That’s where Craig comes in.
In the three-minute clip, Craig’s eccentric con salts some pre-packaged prison hardboiled eggs and weighs the positives and negatives of such an ambitious plan to the titular Logan brothers. I love how Soderbergh lingers on Tatum and Driver’s faces at one point while Craig is speaking; there’s an almost uncomfortable pause, and their dumbfounded expressions are priceless — though not as priceless as whatever the hell Craig is doing here, which may very well rival Jake Gyllenhaal’s turn in Okja for the most delightfully odd performance of the year.
Here’s the official synopsis for Soderbergh’s new film (and his first since 2013’s Side Effects), often described as a “hillbilly heist flick”:
The Logans are a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia, and their clan has been famous for its bad luck for nearly 90 years. But the conniving Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) decides it’s time to turn the family’s luck around, and with a little help from his friends, the Redneck Robbers, he plans to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the busiest race day of the year.
A heist movie with a difference: Steven Soderbergh, the director of the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy and an A-list cast including Channing Tatum, Daniel Craig and Adam Driver deliver a smart, thrilling and funny blue-collar story of an audacious multi-million dollar robbery.
Logan Lucky also stars Riley Keough, Seth MacFarlane (sure, why not), Katie Holmes, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, Dwight Yoakam and Hilary Swank, and hits theaters on August 18.