The movie Rush, directed by Ron Howard, is set in the high-speed world of Formula 1 in the 1970s. Based on the biography of Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda (played by Daniel Brühl) it tells the sory of the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. Mere weeks after the accident, he got behind the wheel again to challenge his arch rival, James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth).
Alastair has been on set advising the film crew and offering insights into the events as they happened. He is played in the movie by British actor Steve Mangan, and has a walk on part as an FIA official.
The world premiere is on 2 September 2013 in London’s West End where Alastair will be one of the VIPs attending. General release in the UK is 13 September 2013. You can pre-order tickets from the RUSH Facebook page. Please see the gallery pages and blog, or follow Alastair on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news.
Alastair worked with the RUSH production team acting as technical adviser. His valuable recollections ensured that the film was as true to the reality as Hollywood could be! Filmed partly at Blackbushe Airport on the Surrey/Hampshire border, the airfield became the set for the film with replicas of tracks, pit lanes and 1976 style F1 paddocks complete with the now banned cigarette advertising! Alastair plays an FIA official and looks the part in the FIA badged blazer!
Watch Alastair’s interview with Peter Windsor for The Racer’s Edge. Alastair talks frankly about the making of the film and life as it really was in 1976 and the fierce competition between McLaren and Ferrari where no love was lost between the two teams although James and Niki remained friends throughout.