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So keen was Chris Hemsworth to land the role of James Hunt that he filmed a scene when he was on location and sent it to Ron Howard.
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In an interview with Austrian Times on the occasion of his 60th birthday, Niki Lauda stated that a journalist asking him how his injured face affected his marriage was the biggest insult he had to suffer in his life.
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When Niki Lauda first saw 'Rush' he said "Sh*t! That's really me."
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The James Hunt/Niki Lauda 1976 race depicted in the film, was the last Formula One event staged on Germany's notorious Nürburgring Nordschleife (North Loop), since the lap was deemed far too hazardous.
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Daniel Brühl and Chris Hemsworth weren't allowed to drive a real Formula 1 car so they had to use Formula 3 vehicles with fake F1 bodywork instead.
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Daniel Brühl wore a dental appliance to mimic Niki Lauda's overbite.
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Despite having to bend the truth in some areas, the film was warmly received by the most discerning critics, namely, the Formula One industry. When Rush was pre-release screened at the German Grand Prix in July (2013), the audience comprised a group of F1 drivers, team bosses, and British motor sports magnate Bernie Ecclestone. Director Ron Howard declared that the experience was his toughest 'reality' test since screening his Apollo 13 (1995) for NASA's astronauts and mission controllers in 1995. Nevertheless, Rush received a standing ovation.
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The real Niki Lauda claims the movie was entirely accurate. However, the film took creative liberties of the James Hunt and Lauda rivalry.
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Chris Hemsworth auditioned for the James Hunt role while he was filming The Avengers (2012) and impressed Ron Howard so much, he was signed instantly.
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While Lauda Air had some some 40+ planes in their fleet, Niki Lauda actually piloted a lot of these planes himself during regular flight operation.
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Chris Hemsworth shed 14 kilos to play James Hunt. He originally weighed 98 kilos having bulked up for the titular character in Thor (2011).
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Jochen Mass portrayed himself, driving the #12 Marlboro McLaren in the movie. Mass is seen passing stuntmen portraying Niki Lauda and James Hunt (Mass' teammate) in a key scene at the 1976 German Grand Prix, the site of the Nurburgring accident. A production assistant, assigned to work on the end-of-movie credit roll, was allegedly making the rounds on the set as the crew filmed at Nurburgring in fall 2012 and asked Mass what his name was. When he stated his name several times, the assistant protested, "No, your real name. What is your real name?" The assistant went off in search of someone who spoke German because she was sure the man did not understand her question.

Mass spent a decade in Formula 1 racing, from 1973 to 1982, won the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix and the 1989 24 Hours of Le Mans. Although he retired from competitive driving long ago, he still races the occasional vintage car event. He managed to emerge pretty much unscathed from his career in racing.
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Peter Morgan wrote the script of Rush (2013) 'on spec', or speculation, meaning there was no one waiting to buy it. So he wrote the first draft assuming there might not even be any racing sequences at all, because the prospective film would probably have a very low budget. 'If you grow up in England, that's how you think', he said. Instead, he structured the film as a race of sorts between the two main characters.
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The music for Rush was composed by Hans Zimmer and was named 'Lost But Won'.
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In the Havoline ad near the end, you hear James Hunt's voice but see Chris Hemsworth's face.
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For insurance reasons, many of the F1 cars were driven by their owners who had experience in historic racing.
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Originally, Paul Greengrass was on board as the director in development stage for Rush (2013). Greengrass though would eventually swap feature film projects with Ron Howard who was set to direct Captain Phillips (2013) during its developmental stage at the time. Greengrass came on to helm Captain Phillips (2013) instead as Howard went on board to helm Rush (2013) in replacement of Greengrass.
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The blue six-wheeled Formula One car is a Tyrrell P34. Its design had several technical advantages, and Jody Scheckter did win one race in the car in 1976. But it eventually became uncompetitive due to the weight of its complex front suspension, problems with understeer and Goodyear's inability to continue the development of its unique 10-inch tires. The Tyrrell team raced the P34 in 1976 and 1977.
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Alastair Caldwell, who plays an FIA (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) official in the film, was chief engineer and manager for the McLaren team during the depicted 1976 season. Caldwell acted as the main technical adviser to director Ron Howard on the shoot and is briefly portrayed by actor Stephen Mangan.
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Screenwriter Peter Morgan's wife is Austrian, as is real-life driver Niki Lauda. This connection proved beneficial since Morgan and Lauda met for some 30 dinners together in a Vienna restaurant.
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Niki Lauda was a big fan of the film and rued the fact that James Hunt was no longer around to see it as he would have really enjoyed it.
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The #5 Lotus that appeared in the film was also seen competing at the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco in Iron Man 2 (2010). The car was driven by its owner, Chris Locke on both occasions.
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Daniel Brühl lived for over a month in Vienna in order to get the Austrian accent right.
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Before he read the script, Chris Hemsworth had no idea who James Hunt was.
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This is the second director/screenwriter collaboration of Ron Howard and Peter Morgan after their highly acclaimed Frost/Nixon (2008) stage-to-screen adaptation in 2008.
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In the German dubbed version of the film, Daniel Brühl and Alexandra Maria Lara dub their own voices.
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Daniel Brühl and Niki Lauda became good friends. Lauda even flew the actor to the Sao Paolo Grand Prix in his private jet which he piloted himself.
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The famous line from the trailers is: "More powerful than even the fear of death itself is the will to win."
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Russell Crowe was considered for the role of Richard Burton.
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Although this makes much of the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda, in reality the two were very good friends and even shared a flat together at one point in their careers.
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The 'tail number' of James Hunt's plane is G-IFTE or 'Gifted'.
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The only film that year nominated for Best Motion Picture Drama at the Golden Globes, and not Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
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Daniel Brühl and Alexandra Maria Lara, who play husband and wife Niki and Marlene Lauda are best known for their portrayal of characters in different movies about Adolf Hitler. Brühl is in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and Lara is in Downfall (2004).
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It is reputed that, in his lifetime, James Hunt slept with over 5000 women.
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One of the racing drivers to pull Niki Lauda out of his wrecked car was Guy Edwards. His son, Sean Edwards, played him in the film. Edwards Jr was killed later that year in a crash while practising at the Queensland Raceway in Australia.
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The song "Gimme Some Lovin" is featured during the first race in the film - when the Hunt/Lauda rivalry is introduced. The song was also used during a racing montage early in Days of Thunder (1990) when the Cole Trickle/Rowdy Burns rivalry is introduced.
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Despite receiving nominations for Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Screen Actors Guild awards, Critics Choice awards and even the Saturn Awards, Daniel Brühl failed to receive an Academy Award nomination. Critics, audiences, major film groups and publications considered this a major snub at the time.
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The production team had to recreate 15 different races that took place between 1974 and 1976.
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Daniel Bruhl had to learn to speak like an Austrian with the help of a vocal coach and spending time with Niki Lauda.
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In real life Chris Hemsworth is quite an even-tempered driver. He's also a very nervous passenger when his wife Elsa Pataky is behind the wheel.
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During the start of the Brazil scene there is a brief tribute to British F1 driver Tom Pryce (you see his name on the side of his car) Tom Pryce won the 1975 "Race of Champions" at Brands Hatch. He remains the only Welshman to have won such a race. Tragically he was killed during the South African Grand Prix in 1977.
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This marks Ron Howard's second collaboration with screenwriter Peter Morgan after Frost/Nixon (2008).
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Ron Howard was very keen on hiring Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt. He has referred to Hemsworth as "a rock star on wheels".
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There are three celebrities in this movie that have starred in comic book movies
  • Chris Hemsworth plays Thor (Thor, The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok)
  • Daniel Brühl plays Baron Zemo (Captain America: Civil War)
  • Natalie Dormer played Pvt. Loraine (Captain America: The First Avenger)
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Although both have acted in superhero movies involving the Avengers, Hemsworth and Bruhl haven't yet acted together in the same one. The character Thor, repeatedly played by Chris Hemsworth in the 2008-onwards Marvel Cinematic Universe, was one of the only two members of The Avengers absent during the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), in which Daniel Brühl featured as the Avengers' antagonist Baron Zemo.
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Both Natalie Dormer and Jamie Sives from Game of Thrones (2011) appear in Rush.
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Natalie Dormer gets to make out with Chris Hemsworth who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She also got to do the same Chris Evans with Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
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Cameo 

Bernie Ecclestone: Seen at the finishing line of the 1975 USA Grand Prix.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Niki Lauda crashed at the left-hand kink of the Bergwerk ("The Mine") corner of the Nürburgring north loop. Bergwerk is perhaps the Nürburgring's most dangerous corner, and its left-hand kink is now sometimes referred to as the Lauda Links ("Lauda left.")
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The film portrays a composite of two real fatal accidents at Watkins Glen, combining what appears to be the remains of a blue liveried 1973 Tyrrell 006 with the configuration of Helmuth Koinigg's accident and decapitation while driving a Surtees TS16 in the 1974 race. The fatal accident depicted in the Watkins Glen scene was that of French driver François Cevert, who won the race the previous year. Cévert was killed during practice for the 1973 U.S. Grand Prix. Jackie Stewart, Cévert's teammate and mentor, withdrew and retired from racing after the crash. A similar accident occurred one year later, when Austrian rookie Helmuth Koinigg died during the 1974 Grand Prix.
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Ron Howard, on the 11/24/2012 edition of Speed Channel's "Formula One Debrief" stated that he did not use the original footage of the Niki Lauda crash at the Nürburgring but did film at that corner of the old (pre-current F1 racing configuration) circuit.
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