ON SET

On Set: Rush

Director Ron Howard gives us a peek under the hood of his exhilarating new race car drama.


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“Chris Hemsworth plays the race car driver James Hunt, who was more like a rock star than a modern-day athlete. Today there’s too much money at stake; playboy types either get reined in or weeded out early on. Hunt was the last hurrah of the wild-child sports superstar. We will miss the James Hunts of the world.”

Photographs by Jaap Buitendijk

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“The scenes we’re shooting here turned out to be the most dangerous of all. The pit is where people in Formula 1 racing get hurt. They can get knocked over or have their foot caught beneath a tire. And there’s just so much noise that it’s hard to step back and evaluate what’s happening. But I really wanted to put the audience into the cars, and the breakthroughs in digital-camera technology in the past five years allowed us to do that.”

Photographs by Jaap Buitendijk

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“Our cinematographer, Anthony Dod Mantle [left, with Chris Hemsworth], who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire, tucked cameras in the drivers’ helmets and places even the actors couldn’t see them.”

Photographs by Jaap Buitendijk

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“Chris and Olivia Wilde as Hunt and Suzy Miller, an It couple of the British tabloids for a time. ”

Photographs by Jaap Buitendijk

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“Their wedding was a major social event. To help us re-create it, Gucci and Ferragamo lent us vintage gowns from their archives.”

Photographs by Jaap Buitendijk

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“Here’s Chris as Hunt at a gala for up-and-coming drivers. In the scene, Hunt shows both sides of himself: ambitious pro and party animal. Chris brought his own vibe to a character that felt half–professional surfer, half–Jim Morrison. It was the way he moved, I think.”

Photographs by Jaap Buitendijk