Ferrari with The Cinema Society hosted a screening of the Universal Pictures Ron Howard directed "Rush," which races into theaters this weekend. Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, writer Peter Morgan, producer Andrew Eaton all walked the red carpet at the intimate premiere at Bow Tie Cinemas in Chelsea.
What are your earliest memories of driving?
Chris Hemsworth: I started driving pretty young, I remember driving to school, we lived on a dirt road and I used to sit on dad's lap and he'd do the pedals and I'd do the steering wheel! That was my earliest memory of driving.
Did working on this film take you back to that at all?
Chris Hemsworth: No, this was a whole different experience, I've never driven anything like these things, they were incredible machines. The vibration that goes through your body when these things start out when you have the power that you have at your fingertips, it’s unlike anything else that I’ve ever driven.
Did the 70's styled clothes influence your dressing after the film?
Chris Hemsworth: I’m going to try to bring back the flair...I wish, it was cool, we were all commenting, Daniel and I were saying how great the clothes were, but it doesn't quite work for me, unfortunately.
What do you admire about Ron as a filmmaker?
Chris Hemsworth: Everything. Besides being the nicest human being you’ll meet, he is one of the most intelligent filmmakers out there. He crosses every single genre and is authentic with everyone whether it’s "Apollo 13" with the space NASA community or something like Formula 1. He knows how to appeal to an audience that isn’t isolated...a large audience. You know, men, women, if you’re into cars, if you’re not into cars, you’re going to love this story. That’s absolutely all due credit to Ron Howard.
What was the greatest challenge of this character?
Chris Hemsworth: Just the anxiety of walking into something like this and portraying a real person, you know? It’s a daunting thing and you do all the research you can and then you do a respectful version of it. It’s a tricky thing.
We also spoke with Chris Hemsworth's costar Daniel Bruhl.
Tell me about the casting process?
Daniel Bruhl: Well I had one audition with Ron and Peter Morgan and normally they let you suffer for two weeks and then they call you and they say you were awesome, but somebody else got the part, and in this case, I was on a motorway in Spain three days later overtaking trucks and my girlfriend was screaming at me, “You’re not a good driver! You're not a rally driver” and it was at that moment when I got the call that I got the part. So, apparently I’m not that bad of a driver.
The party continued into the early hours of Wednesday morning at the Hotel Americano where guests drank D'Usse cocktails named Lauda's Libation and The Formula, in keeping with the character/film. Other attendees included Tim Hunt (James Hunt's brother - James is who Chris Hemsworth plays in the film), Dan Stevens, Jeff Gordon and Ingrid Vandebosch, Paul Haggis, Chris Matthews, Courtney Love, Dana Delany, Oliver Platt, Sami Gayle, Fisher Stevens, Albert Hammond Jr., Margarita Levieva, Julie Taymor, Eve Ensler, Richard Kind, Ethan Suplee, Frank Grillo, Peter Scolari, Kate Flannery, Oren Moverman, Henry Alex Rubin, Terry George, Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained), Brian D'Arcy James, Jeremy Strong, Geoffrey Fletcher, Carson Kressley, Jaime Cepero (Smash), Dan Abrams, Rosanna Scotto & Greg Kelly (Good Day New York), Kelly Klein, Richard Phillips, Nancy Shevell McCartney, Anna Carter, Craig McDean, Alexander von Furstenberg, Olivia Chantecaille, Debbie Bancroft, Marina Rust Connor, Michelle Paterson, Cory Bond, Tyson Ballou, Johannes Huebl, Daniel Benedict, David Zinczenko, Marco Mattiacci (President & CEO, Ferrari North America), Larry Boland (President, Piaget North America), and Cinema Society founder Andrew Saffir