One thing I find very interesting is the watch. After robbing it from the officer at the beginning of the film, Lou does not get it resized to fit his wrist or sell it for money, but keeps it on even it was too big and hangs off his wrist, awkward and out of place. It was almost like his first step towards building a career, a semblance of professionalism and status that he sees his future self possessing. He then ‘hires’ an assistant, gets a fancy car and swaps the old police scanner for a new one. However, all this is done methodically and without passion, and we never see him giving his car a once-over in appreciation or going to the shop to upgrade his equipment. The old set-up simply disappears as Lou goes from chasing to orchestrating news, with the character Rick offering a contrast between someone who’s purely in it for the money and someone who’s completely obsessive. Rick’s string of curses during the car chase versus Lou’s silence and later, his calm instructions “Steady hands, use your zoom.” It all works together to unsettle the shit out of the audience.
I worked so hard during my childhood to meet this goal: By the time I was 30 years old, I could do what I want. I’ve reached that. I feel very fortunate to be in that position. But I’ve sacrificed a lot of things, and I’ve worked harder than probably anyone I know, at least in the music industry. So I just have to remind myself that I deserve it. - GQ magazine (2013)