For many, Rush, the new Formula 1 racing drama from director Ron Howard, will be seen as a return to form for the Oscar-winning filmmaker behind Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind and Frost/Nixon.
It stars Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt, the partying British racer who fought his way through the ranks to get into the 1976 Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit where he went head to head with Austrian driver Niki Lauda, played by Daniel Brühl. The rivalry between the two men begins from the very first time they meet, and while both racers meet women who have an impact on their lives, Hunt meeting and marrying British model Suzy Miller, played by Olivia Wilde, and Lauda meeting an Austrian woman named Marlene, played by Romania’s Alexandra Maria Lara, neither can quell their long-standing rivalry on the track and off.
ComingSoon.net attended the junket for Rush up in Toronto, where it was premiering as a Gala Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival. In the video interviews below, we asked Hemsworth what he wanted to bring to James Hunt to make him different from his other famous character, talked to Brühl about his knowledge of Niki Lauda before playing him and the time he spent with the actual Lauda in preparation for the role. Olivia Wilde talked about how she had fun with the role of playing supermodel Suzy Miller, even though she didn’t get to race cars or be at the races, and why she was so important in James Hunt’s life. Both Hemsworth and Brühl also talked about their preparation to learn about Formula 1 and the racing sequences they shot, as well as the transition Lauda goes through over the course of the movie.