Niki Lauda Thinks James Hunt Would Have Enjoyed 'Rush'

Niki Lauda Says He Wishes James Hunt Could Have Seen ‘Rush’

Niki Lauda, the iconic Austrian Formula One driver who’s rivalry with British playboy racer James Hunt is depicted in Ron Howard’s new drama Rush, wishes Hunt was alive to see the film, because “he would have enjoyed it”.

Their rivalry is one of the most famous ones in car racing, and in sports in general and Ron Howard was charged with bringing the story to life.

In an interview with John Hiscock from the Telegraph, Lauda says that he has been approached countless times in the past by people wanting to tell his story.

So why did he agree to allow Ron Howard to make Rush, based on his and Hunt’s story?

In two words, Peter Morgan. The screenwriter for hits such as The Queen and Frost/Nixon contacted Lauda with his idea to portray the 1976 season which almost ended up costing Lauda his life.

Niki Lauda suffered a horrific crash which left him disfigured for life.

“Oscar nominations, good writer, top man,” he told Hiscock at the Toronto Film Festival. “I started talking to him and he developed the story about the 1976 racing season and the rivalry between me and James Hunt.”

Rush premiered at the Festival to rave reviews and talk of possible Oscar nominations.

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, portrays living-in-the-fast-lane James Hunt, who in real life died of a heart attack at 45 and Spanish/German actor Daniel Brühl plays the methodical genius that was Niki Lauda.

Rush with Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl