Rush captures the essence of racing perfectly
Said to be one of the greatest movies to capture the essence of racing rivalries, Rush was released earlier this week in India. Based on the epic rivalry of Nicky Lauda and James Hunt during the 1976 Formula 1 season, Rush is directed by Ron Howard, an Oscar winning director (A Beautiful Mind). Chris Hemsworth plays the role of James Hunt, and Nicky Lauda is played by Daniel Brühl.
When not racing, Nicky Lauda was this perfect racer, who used to discipline himself, eat right, sleep early, practice regularly, and so on. Whereas, James Hunt was exactly opposite. As per a report on Dailymail, Hunt was alcoholic, was arrogant, smoked, and the most famous, his grand appetite for sex. It is believed that in his lifetime, he had bedded more than 5,000 women!
Coming back to their rivalry, Nicky Lauda made his debut in F1 in 1971 Austrian Grand Prix, whereas James Hunt made his debut in the 1973 Monaco Grand Prix. The movie Rush talks about that action packed dramatic Formula 1 season of 1976, when the entire world was talking about Lauda and James. This is the year when James gave his everything to win, and Lauda did everything to save his championship. The title decider race, Tokyo GP was watched by 30 million people.
1976 season saw Lauda fighting for his life in that burning F1 car, after that fateful episode during the German GP, and returning to the circuit for the Italian GP (missing just two races in between), against the advice of his doctors. Though James won the championship by a single point, that season will always be known for two people. The way this has been captured in the movie Rush, is just fantastic. You have to watch it for yourself. If you have not watched it yet, here is a little trailer for you.