Argyle’s Surfer Boy Pizza delivery van helped the team get around in California while trying to save Eleven. However, the truck was anything but helpful for Argyle’s actor, Eduardo Franco, who soon learned that it wasn’t just the design of the vehicle that was old school about it. In an interview with The New York Times, Franco comments on the difficulties he experienced while working with the van. “It was touchy, an 80-something,” Franco says. “I was taught how to drive that van by this professional stunt driver — I’d never driven a stick shift before and it was the worst thing to learn on, because it was just so old. But he was always in the van with me when I was driving, hiding in the car just in case.” Thankfully, Franco was able to make it work and keep his cool as Argyle, even when his friends rushed in with a wounded agent while running away from angry gunmen.
It’s almost impossible to imagine anyone else taking on the task that Franco was able to succeed in. However, this almost wasn’t the case, as Franco originally auditioned for a completely different character. “I read for Eddie [Munsen],” Franco says in an interview with Insider on the red carpet of the MTV Movie & TV Awards. “I’m so happy it went to Joseph Quinn. He’s incredible. He’s so lovely. They made a beautiful decision. I back it a hundred percent.”