- A new three-minute featurette that includes commentary by director Ron Howard provides the best look yet behind the scenes of his latest film, Rush.
- Howard says he was drawn to the story of James Hunt and Niki Lauda because "they're funny, they're serious and formidable."
- The story focuses on the intense battle between the two drivers in what remains one of the most hotly contested championships in the sport's history.
BEVERLY HILLS, California — A new three-minute featurette that includes commentary by director Ron Howard provides the best look yet behind the scenes of his latest film, Rush due to release on September 20.
Like earlier trailers, the new video reveals some of the racing action we can expect from the movie. But unlike anything released yet from the production company, there are personal remarks from the stars, Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, and from Howard, who tells why he decided to focus on the 1976 Formula 1 season.
"This is a movie I wanted to see," he says in the featurette, "a world I wanted to occupy and share with audiences." In addition to the obvious on-track drama, Howard says he was drawn to the two drivers themselves: "They're both fascinating. They're funny, they're serious and formidable."
Eagerly awaited by audiences worldwide, Rush tells the story of the dramatic 1976 rivalry between James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Brühl). In what remains one of the most hotly contested championships in the sport's history, the two drivers staged an intense battle at the height of what many consider the golden age of Formula 1 racing.
Lauda won five of the first nine races to Hunt's two. But on the second lap of the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring, Lauda's Ferrari crashed due to a possible mechanical failure. He suffered horrible burns to his head and face, lost both his eyelids and most of his right ear and inhaled toxic gases that damaged his lungs.
Incredibly, Lauda missed only two races before returning, scarred and still in considerable pain, for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. In his absence, Hunt had won two races, including the one at the Nürburgring, leaving them just one victory apart with four races remaining in the season.
Hunt took the championship by a single point in the last race of the year, an edge-of-the-seat climax to one of the most thrilling seasons ever. But the real story, as Howard says in the video, is two men "willing to risk their lives to attain this elite status. They paid a price for it, but they defined themselves." And that's the story the director strives to tell in Rush.
Edmunds says: We're already in line for tickets.