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Howard makes a believable racing film with ‘Rush’

September 27, 2013 • Entertainment


This image released by Universal Pictures shows director Ron Howard, left, and Chris Hemsworth on the set of “Rush.” The film, chronicling Formula One’s 1976 world championship between Niki Lauda and James Hunt, opens nationwide on Friday, Sept. 27. (AP Photo/Universal Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)

Ron Howard admits he was no racing aficionado when he set out to make the Formula One thriller “Rush,” chronicling the tense 1976 world championship battle between playboy James Hunt and calculating Niki Lauda.

Racing movies don’t have the best track record, after all. The driving has usually been unrealistic and too many directors cheated on details that insiders found offensive.

“I love sports, too, and I don’t know much about Formula One, but I just kept thinking, ‘If somebody made a baseball movie and if they cut to the center fielder and the center fielder was standing there with a catcher’s glove on, I’d feel disrespected,’” Howard said in a recent phone interview with The Associated Press. “I didn’t want those kinds of gaffes. When talking to people who really love motorsports, they’d talk about movies that Login to read more

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