Party Animal James Hunt Highlighted in New Rush Trailer


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    Playboy racer James Hunt is the focus of the latest Rush trailer. | July 18, 2013

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Just the Facts:
  • The romantic exploits of legendary racer James Hunt are highlighted in the new Rush trailer.
  • The latest trailer was released on Wednesday and shows Hunt dancing, partying and catching the eyes of women young and old.
  • The trailer highlights the stark differences between what it calls "handsome English playboy" Hunt and "his methodical, brilliant opponent Niki Lauda."

LONDON — The latest Rush trailer highlights the off-track romantic exploits of legendary racer James Hunt.

"Rush portrays the exhilarating true story of two of the greatest rivals the world has ever witnessed — handsome English playboy James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl)," says the accompanying text.

Like earlier trailers, this one shows some of the racing action in the movie. But it also shows an injured Hunt flirting with a nurse, dancing with showgirls and spraying champagne after a victory. It also aims to portray Hunt in a three-dimensional manner, revealing his concern for his rival after Lauda sustains horrific injuries following a crash.

The two racers are polar opposites, as Lauda comes across as buttoned up, while Hunt is a maverick. The movie apparently will be an accurate reflection of Hunt's personality.

"The image of Formula 1 in the 1970s as one nonstop round of partying, with drivers making love seconds before climbing into the cockpit and guzzling magnums of champagne seconds after climbing out of it, is something of a myth," said BBC Sport in a recent story about Hunt. "Except, of course, for James Hunt, who was always an anachronism, even when winning the World Championship in 1976."

Rush tells the story of the dramatic 1976 rivalry between Hunt and Lauda.

"Set against the sexy and glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing, Rush follows the two drivers as they push themselves to the breaking point of physical and psychological endurance, where there is no shortcut for victory and no margin for error," said the trailer's text.

Rush, which is due out this fall, is already triggering lots of Academy Award speculation. It is directed by two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard.

Edmunds says: The trailers are doing a good job of continuing to build buzz for what may be one of the best movies of the year.

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