Chris recently discussed his upcoming film Rush which focuses on the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda and British driver James Hunt. Inglorious Basterds star Daniel Brühl is playing Lauda with Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of Hunt. Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) will co-star.
Helmed by Oscar-winner Ron Howard, the script for Rush is by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). Universal Pictures has pencilled in a September 20th, 2013 release date. Take a look at what Chris had to say below:
“I fell in love with the character the more I researched him and his world. There was the negative side to his playboy lifestyle, which I think people admired from an entertainment point of view. I suspect there were also a lot of people who didn’t agree with his lifestyle. What I liked about him was the childlike quality in him. He was someone who loved to experience life and did everything to the fullest. I admire his commitment and passion for things. On the track, nothing was left on the sidelines.”
“Also, [I admire] his attitude of not wanting to conform to what the brands and the Formula 1 industry said he should act or dress or speak like. He wanted to be himself, and not fall into the box or be restricted by the industry. Whereas now, [Formula 1] has become very clinical. Ron kept saying, “The ’70s were when the driving was dangerous and the sex was clean, but now it’s the other way around.” That was a joke on set. We watched a lot of B-roll footage of [Hunt] in interviews and he’s just one of those people that owned his environment. He was incredibly charismatic and obviously fun to be around. I really enjoyed playing that part, and finding out about him was fascinating.”