McLaren M23, Nurburgring Nordschleife, Rush filming, 2011

First trailer for Ron Howard’s 1976 F1 film Rush

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McLaren M23, Nurburgring Nordschleife, Rush filming, 2011The first trailer for Ron Howard’s forthcoming film Rush has appeared.

The film tells the story of the 1976 F1 season and the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The two drivers are played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl.

Among the locations used for filming was the Nurburgring Nordschleife, where Lauda’s near-fatal crash during the German Grand Prix was recreated. Original cars and replicas created to look like them were used.

See pictures of the cars being filmed here:

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  1. The trailer looks good, let’s hope we can have a good F1 action movie after Frankenheimer’s Grand Prix in 1966…

  2. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
    8th April 2013, 12:59

    I have to say, I have been skeptical regarding this film. I have known for a while now that I will inevitably go to the cinema to see it, but I don’t really enjoy Ron Howard’s directorial style. Also there’s something uncomfortable in seeing an actor playing an individual that is not only a real person, but is still very much alive in Lauda’s case. I could not stand Apollo 13 for that very reason; it felt synthetic. That was the brilliance of Senna in that it was uncompromisingly, gloriously, wonderfully, magnificently authentic. Pouring emotion onto old tapes of F1 footage is much harder than simply telling an actor to say the line in a certain manner. And then there is the problem of Howard himself. Here is a man that has openly stated that he does not enjoy F1 making a film about F1, and here is a man that is very much a product of Hollywood, of America. So essentially what I was expecting of ths film was a highly sensationalized, American’s take on F1, that exhaustively analyzes familial issues regarding the danger of motor-racing (Apollo 13 was essentially a monotonous series of shots of wives and children worried about astronauts) whilst skimming over any actual racing and instead focusing on the cavalier nature of Hunt’s love life. Oh, and of course the German speaking Lauda would become the film’s antagonist. How wrong was I. OK, there is a degree of the effect I just described in the trailer, but in the trailer whilst we don’t see authenticity, charm or realism, there is something else. Innovation. The cinematography in that trailer is some of the best I have ever seen, and the CGI enhanced camera shots are the best I have ever seen. There is a new style to this film, a new ethos, the likes of which I haven’t seen in films before. So now that trailer has thrown away my skepticism and replaced it with something else; curiosity.

    1. @william-brierty When did he say he didn’t enjoy it? I thought he had thrown himself into F1 having not been a fan before, and had become entirely appreciative of the sport. At least that’s the press line I’ve heard. To be honest, even if he has an appreciation for the history but still doesn’t enjoy it, as long as he had advisors who do and he’s listened to them, then I’m not sure whether concern is necessary or not. Also, I didn’t really see Lauda as the antagonist, although of course that might just be because I know the actual story already.

      1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
        8th April 2013, 14:15

        I can’t remember what he said exactly, but he said something along the lines of, “I am a sports fan, but I don’t really enjoy motor-racing”, at the 2012 Autosport Awards. However, I completely agree that this hasn’t really impacted the film’s quality. With regards to Lauda, if you’d read my comment in full you’d have noted that that was what I expected from the film, because of Hollywood conventions, but this is seemingly not the case in the trailer. The quote, “I am better than all of you” does point to a slightly conceited presentation, although that wouldn’t be all that inaccurate. What we apparently will get in this film is a refreshing third-party perspective on a great two man duel. Can’t wait.

        1. @william-brierty That’s interesting, I thought he’d been saying in interviews that he didn’t used to be a fan but was converted when was doing research. And I did read your comment in full. You said you saw a degree of that in the trailer.

          1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
            8th April 2013, 16:05

            No I thought I was suggesting that there was a degree of the sensationalism, or if you pardon the expression, “Americanism”, that I was talking about prior. My bad. Howard probably did say that, but that nothing more than a crude device aimed at endearing himself to F1 fans. I remember that Howard was interviewed by Brundle on one of his grid-walks recently, and in the interview he clearly showed that he knew nothing of F1 when he tipped Schumacher to take the win, and he clearly demonstrated his disinterest at the aforementioned Autosport Awards. However, this seems to have had little impact on the film itself, so that’s issue resolved as far as I’m concerned.

          2. My mistake. That is interesting, as I assumed that whether he genuinely liked it or not he would have still learnt enough to sound informed.

  3. Is this film going to showcase either driver as a hero and the other as villain? “Senna” had too much of that..
    Looking forward to the film….

    1. @wsrgo

      The Senna was a documentary painting him as a holy hero. :(

    2. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
      9th April 2013, 12:00

      @wsrgo and @ivano – Every narrative needs a protagonist and an antagonist, even a documentary. The magic of Senna was that a team picked up a few hundred rolls of old tape and breathed life onto them, with the ultimate goal of the piece being to express the sheer tragedy that was the death of this great individual. And the catharsis that just about ever audience member felt during the film’s depiction of Senna’s death was only achievable by presenting Senna favourably throughout, and in order to do that, Prost had to become the documentary’s antagonist. Senna was not just a biographical documentary, it was so much more than that. The documentary listens to, and builds on the modern nostalgic attitudes regarding the posthumous Senna, and in doing so creates an artistic and fantastically relevant perspective of Senna, that it is not concerned with the one-dimensional purpose that comes with simply telling an audience about Ayrton’s life in an accurate and cogent manner, more as the film’s constant search for audience catharsis. In short, Senna’s portrayal in the documentary was perfectly justified. With regards to Rush, I would imagine that assignment of good and evil to Hunt and Lauda is a given bearing in mind that Howard is a product of Hollywood and all of its conventions. Hunt, the charming, dashing and crucially English speaking champion of 1976 will inevitably become the hero in his campaign to beat the conceited, clinical and German speaking Lauda. Now whilst I think that there is no call for this, and it would be nice to have a third-party perspective on a great two man duel, this will almost certainly be the case in a film that is seemingly aimed at a depressingly mainstream audience.

      1. @william-brierty You’re right about Rush, it is too Hollywood-ish. More than motorsport fans, it is aiming at a general audience. I’ll be sad to see if Lauda does become the antagonist, because he was clearly the better driver of the two.

      2. @william-brierty

        My issue with the Senna documentary, is that as a documentary, it had the obligation of telling the full side of the story. All it did was saintify Senna as a religious symbol in the sport, and that was aided by leaving out his lust for women, most of them were his pitgirls or from Playboy and Penthouse magazine, which was even obvious by shading his last fiancee, a Playboy model, because the director aimed as making him holy, and this is more evident by omitting how he admitted taking out Prost in 1990, as left out all his driving blunders. Senna was great driver but was also still human. On top of that, the documentary left out his most noble racing acts, giving victory to Berger in Suzuka 1991. The documentary also excluded his nasty humour and pranks onto fellow drivers. I love Senna, my dream was for him to win that 1994 title, so could finally embark to Ferrari with that number 1 to close his career, but I didn’t like that documentary for leaving out his human side, and instead made him a god of the sport, which is insulting especially how the director torn apart Prost to do that.

        As for Rush, well I don’t think it’s at all Hollywoodnized. It’s a movie so it needs to go deep into the characters with music and camera angles, otherwise they might as well slap narration and turn it into a documentary. Also, I don’t think it will be turning Lauda as an antagonist. If anything it will turn him as the true champion of that year for returning, just as Hunt said, that championship should have been shared by them.

        And this film will only bring more fans to the sport, and hopefully Todt and co will realize how exciting the racing was then, and perhaps, bring new rules to revert the designs to then for greater racing.

        1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
          9th April 2013, 20:18

          @ivano – Your comment is one the most one-dimensional perspectives on genre I have ever heard. Being a documentary does not “oblige” Senna to tell “the full side of the story”, because how on can a text be obligatory, more than that it is “obliged” to make a commercial profit for its creators? I would even question those that call Senna a documentary. When have you heard director, Asif Kapadia, say the words, “this is a documentary”? And in no way does it “saintify Senna as a religious symbol” more than it mentions the fact that Senna was religious. The fundamental idea over which the narrative of Senna is draped is that here is a great racing driver, but also a great man, of whose death was a tragedy. If you saw the scene in which a mortified Senna is interviewed regarding the grievously injured Martin Donnelly and still concluded that he presented in a inhuman manner, then I would question whether you have actually watched Senna. The fact that there are a few significant moments in his life that are not included is more of an illustration of the frantic nature of Aryton’s life as apposed to any kind of directorial subjectification. And so what if Senna is portrayed in a skewed manner? As I have already said this is so much more than a bullet pointed chronology of Senna’s life, it builds on modern nostalgia regarding Senna and creates a cathartic emotion experience for the audience, and does so using a rather rosed tint to history. Frankly, if you want to know what happened in Senna’s life, then go on Wikipedia, but if you want an excellently artistic and emotional explanation as to why Aryton Senna was the greatest F1 driver ever, then watch Senna.

          I have no problem with your “Hollywoodnization” of characters with music and camera angles, but being a film buff and knowing Howard’s style, he will certainly attempt to assign good and evil to the drivers. The man is so obsessed with the balance between good and evil that the film might as well be made by Disney. Mark my words, Hunt will be waltzing around with a halo whilst Lauda will probably be seen living in a dark cave with a dragon.

          On a separate note, I agree that had Senna not died he would have won the WDC in 1994, however I strongly doubt that he’d have ever gone to Ferrari. Senna was a famous Ferrari cynic and controversially said that Enzo Ferrari had created an F1 team that was “not all that great” after his death in 1988. Senna would have stayed at Williams for the remainder of his career, winning in 1994, before probably coming second to Schumacher in the genuinely faster Benetton in 1995, but dominating in 1996 and 1997. Senna would have hung his helmet up after 13 years and 6 World Championships, not fussed by the prospect of the 1998 Meccachrome engines at Williams or that of entering contractual negotiations after such a long time in F1.

          1. @william-brierty

            The Senna peice, was a documentary, anything that has interviews and narration of real events is a documentary. FACT! And for the director to say otherwise, even proves how more clueless he is.

            And wow, for saying mine is the most one-dimensional perspectives you’ve encountered, because while I’m saying the film wasn’t broad enough of Senna’s life, you’re only looking at the one thing, and that’s very hypocritical of your arguement. I’m now questioning if you’ve ever seen it?

            And again, you’re only seeing it from your chosen perspective. As Italy adored him eventhough he was in the other red suit, and Senna said to his Italian fans, once he had certain numbers, championships and race wins, and Ferrari was in position to offer a team capable of building a winning car, he would consider it. If you ever went to Imola and Monza towards the end of his career, the Tifosi had banners that said “We’re waiting for you!”, and he waved at them saying maybe soon. And how do I know, well, I’m Aryton Senna book and video collection both in English and in Italian.

          2. Whoops, meant *My* Aryton Senna book and video collection

          3. Ivano is right here. Great comments.

            The Senna film makes out its fact by the nature of how its portrayed and put together. But by leaving out many important moments it isnt factual at all.

            Bit like when you watch a highlights show of a football match or a race and they cut out a huge moment and your ‘like hang on its like watching a different game’

            That said great a film. But again its continued to give a incorrect view of senna as a racer. So frustrating when myths become fact. Reading a book or watching a film is great but no sub for seeing it at the time.

  4. ‘Rush’ looks immense!
    as much as I love ‘Senna’ it would have been great to see the film had it been made from this POV

  5. It’s quite a long wait until September :-/

  6. Well, “Senna” was brilliant simply because of the subject material. As a documentary it didn’t especially blow me away. Not significantly different from something the BBC could have cooked up.

    This on the other hand is also brilliant because of the subject material – however I expect it to try and recoup its costs (at least) at the box office and therefore be quite the spectacle in ‘hollywood stylee’. Something the BBC are not so good at cooking up (for all the right reasons.)

  7. IMHO it looks ridiculous. Based on this trailer it’s like if they (the director) found a hero in Hunt (Chris Hemsworth a Hollywood young rising star) opposed to an anti-hero (evil) Lauda portrayed by an unknown actor. The truth is another…they both were good guys and excellent drivers but Lauda was overall superior and he’d never ever lost the championship without that terrible accident, end of story.
    I don’t think I’m gonna see this rubbish anyway…

  8. september 20th 2013 official release date cant wait… its gonna be somewhere in october before I see it probably

  9. had goosebumps watching the trailer. september 20th 2013 official release date cant wait… its gonna be somewhere in october before I see it probably…too long!!!

  10. Looks promising, lets hope they do the sport fair. I have faith in Howard but you never know.

  11. Looks exciting and interesting! Can’t wait…

  12. So after Thor, Chris Hemsworh becomes a driving gods ;)

  13. Seeing the crash screen gave me shivers thinking back to the real accident… my sister was a big Lauda fan so it will always have strong memories for me. I just hope the personality conflicts are not too black and white; there are never just heroes and villains.

  14. It looks ok but i don’t know… feels not entirely what i expected.

    Also did i saw then racing in the rain? was it fuji? because i seriously hope they don’t change the end to a “Super exciting epic race where the 2 rivals clash in a fierce battle for the win” because yeah no, that didn’t happen

    1. Sure they won’t, that would miss the point.

      It won’t follow it 100% but that is a major detail that you cannot ignore!

  15. O.O Omg I’m literally crying

  16. Can’t wait for this movie!

  17. I’m jittering in excitemeny!!!

    What I really like is the attention to detail. Example in the early part of season Ferrari raced with the high air scope, then dropped it later on, and it’s in the movie!!!

    Also, well done in getting Marlboro on the cars! I may not smoke anymore, but always loved that name on the Ferraris and McLarens.

    1. Ferrari didn’t have Marlboro liveries on them at that time – old Enzo only excepted sponsors who are directly involved with motor racing. Oh yes, James Hunt was smoker, but not driving a Ferrari and certainly not a sponsor…
      But I agree, it looks great; it’s the real thing and I wonder how much Marlboro pays for that…

      1. @adysseus

        I meant in general I’ve always loved the Marlboro name on them. :)
        But, there is Marlboro on Niki Lauda’s helmet of then.

  18. Maybe you should take your “rational” or lack of it somewhere else, I’m sure there are plenty of anti-american or xenophobic forums out there for you. Also, subjective rhetoric and stuff your parents taught you doesn’t mean you or them are right. There are plenty of great american films, perhaps you being myopic is the issue.

    1. ^ directed @toutcur or whatever the name, glad to see Keith got rid of the lackluster posts

  19. So HD trailer?

    1. You can select HD from the bottom-right hand corner and then view it in full-screen mode.

      1. That’s not really HD. But thanks anyway.

  20. Cannot believe people are writing this off just from the trailer? Yes, it looks a bit ‘Hollywood’ – but isn’t F1 as glamorous a sport as it gets? Even going back to the 70s. This was an epic story, was it not? So make it epic. Yes it looks bright and colourful and hi-tech and full of special effects, but going from this alone it looks extremely tastefully applied if you ask me. And I’m not usually one for s a blockbuster..

    1. @electrolite

      I’m with you. And I’m glad it looks Hollywood as it’s meant to be a movie. Today this got my non-F1 friends interested in the sport! If people want a documentary there are plenty, I’m happy with this that has full visual and audio emotion!

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