Niki Lauda’s reaction to the film’s release

Niki Lauda’s reaction to the film’s release
Niki Lauda’s reaction to the film’s release

This Sunday, July 7, 2024, at 9:00 p.m., Arte is broadcasting a film known to all Formula 1 fans. Showcasing two great drivers of this sport, Rush was made in collaboration with one of them: Niki Lauda.

This Sunday, July 7, 2024, at 9:00 p.m., the Arte channel is broadcasting a biopic that retraces the exciting and thrilling fight between two of Formula 1’s greatest rivals. Rush tells the epic duel between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, ​​competing for the illustrious McLaren and Ferrari teams in the 1970s. The film, whose soundtrack was composed by the famous composer Hans Zimmer, was a great success. To ensure optimum fidelity, director Ron Howard did not hesitate to consult Niki Lauda himself. Tele-Leisure tells you all about the reaction of the pilot who died on May 20, 2019, when he watched Rush for the first time.

Niki Lauda’s participation in the film’s design

Former Austrian driver Niki Lauda was one of the main consultants in the creation of the script for Rush. This was to ensure optimum fidelity between the script and the real story. Furthermore, his autobiographical book 300 per hour was used as a basis for research in the making of the film. In order to allow for a certain objectivity towards James Hunt, Alastair Caldwell, his manager and chief engineer in the 70s, was also called upon.

What was Niki Lauda’s reaction to the film’s release?

In an interview for Carjam TVthe former Formula 1 driver recalls his reaction the first time he saw Rush. He explains : “When I first saw it, I was impressed by the fact that there were no Hollywood edits or things adapted to Hollywood fashion. It’s very precise, that’s exactly what really surprised me in a very positive way.” Niki Lauda also told Autohebdo the shock felt in front of certain scenes by declaring: “When Daniel Brühl, who plays my character, came to talk to me during the shooting with all this black on his body and the bandage on his head, I was really shocked”. He also clarifies his reaction to the scenes showing the pilot in the hospital: “It’s strikingly realistic, it really reproduces the atmosphere of hospitals at the time. Now that I see everything from the outside, with the benefit of hindsight, I realize how bad a state I was in.”. Furthermore, the former Formula 1 champion did not fail to praise the acting of the film. In this biopic, it is the actor Daniel Brühl who plays Niki Lauda in the film while Chris Hemsworth plays the role of James Hunt, his former rival.

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