Chris Hemsworth stars in a new high octane film: Rush. This new movie is features the biography of Austrian Formula 1 champion driver, Niki Lauda. The 1976 crash that almost claimed his life is also featured in this film and the events that followed after his accident when he got behind the wheel to challenge his British rival, James Hunt. Rush also stars Olivia Wilde, Daniel Bruhl and Natalie Dormer. Read the latest news for this action film below:
“How Chris Hemsworth Prepped For His New Film, Rush
The opening of the cockpit for a Formula 1 race car is required to be a maximum of 850 millimeters long (about 33 1/2 inches) and 520 millimeters wide (20 1/2 inches). So how are you supposed to fit a Norse god inside one of them?
That was the problem faced by Oscar-winning director Ron Howard in making his new movie, “Rush,” the true story of a rivalry between two F1 drivers that electrified motorsports fans in the mid-1970s. To play the tall, blond, and brash British racing legend James Hunt, the director cast tall, blond, and brash Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, best known to audiences as the hammer-swinging Marvel hero Thor. But to turn the god of thunder into a titan of speed, Hemsworth had to trim down his world-famous “Avengers” physique.
“[Chris] is the height of James Hunt, and they’re both 6-3,” Howard said in a phone interview withYahoo! Movies earlier this week. “But he had to slim down drastically. And in kind of a no-muss, no-fuss way, he put himself through a pretty remarkable regimen, and got himself to James Hunt’s size.”
That meant Hemsworth went quickly from the bulked-up size he was at for “Marvel’s The Avengers” (topping out at a reported 235 pounds) to James Hunt’s slimmer build (the real driver weighed in at around 175 pounds).
The effort worked, and Hemsworth was able to slip into the narrow confines of an actual F1 car to drive it on film. “We did nothing to the car to make it so that he could fit in,” Howard said. “He just got lean and like an F1 driver.”
Watch the exclusive trailer for “Rush” below, and keep reading to see how much race driving Hemsworth actually did himself, and just how dangerous filming actually got.
“Rush” reunites Howard with screenwriter Peter Morgan, who wrote the Oscar-nominated “Frost/Nixon,” and this is another true story set in the ’70s about a bitter rivalry that turns into begrudging respect. Except this one takes place at 180 mph.
The film is set during the 1976 F1 championship season, as controversial Brit Hunt (Hemsworth) battled with German driver Niki Lauda (played by “Inglourious Basterds” star Daniel Brühl) for supremacy. But at that year’s German Grand Prix, Lauda had a horrific accident, suffering severe burns on his face. Still, within weeks Lauda was back on the track, dueling with Hunt all the way to the final finish line.
Howard said to prepare for their roles, both Hemsworth and Brühl attended intensive driving schools to learn how to handle real racecars. Then they spent another two weeks rehearsing on the track to master the moves they would need to recreate on camera.”
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Rush is directed by Ron Howard and is slated to be released on September 27th 2013.
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