Thursday, September 26, 2013
Shireen on the Scene: Rush - Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruel and Ron Howard
Rush is a movie about racing that's keeping it real. No special effects here. So the danger is real as everyone found out on the first day of shooting. Shireen's got the story.
Chris Hemsworth charms us out of our seatbelts as a cocky but cool formula one driver. Daniel Bruel brings a certain sweet standoffishness to the movie.
The two play James Hunt and Nicki Lauda, real life racing rivals from the 70s, going to the brink of death to win a championship. And back in the day, the road races were a lot more dangerous.
CHRIS HEMSWORTH: "It's cool. It was tricky at first. The clutch and accelerator transition is a lot more aggressive than out of a normal car."
But the guys had fun and weren't ever in any real danger. Right?
DANIEL BRUEL: "I had a little accident. A wheel came off and I spanned. I was kind of concerned for one or two seconds."
It seems Daniel lost control but he's not so sure it was an accident.
DANIEL BRUEL: "And then I thought, was that Ron? Doing it on purpose?"
Yeah, that's right, he's throwing director Ron Howard under the bus or under the race car.
RON HOWARD: "This paranoid german guy, I don't know what he's up to."
So we went across the hall and asked Ron, did he try to shake 'em up to get their attention?!?!
RON HOWARD: "It was one of our first days of camera tests but in practicing this one maneuver, his front wheel came off."
Umm...that's not really a denial. All we could get him to say was this:
RON HOWARD: "They were unpredictable creatures."
DANIEL BRUEL: "Was it he who manipulated my car? I'll never find out."
Unpredictable or not, Daniel said he enjoyed his time on the track but isn't putting the pedal to the metal like he used to.
DANIEL BRUEL: "But to be honest, I'm more cautious now."