Daniel Bruhl pays tribute to ‘immortal champ’ Niki Lauda

Daniel Bruhl, who starred as Niki Lauda in 2013 movie Rush, has paid tribute to the Formula 1 world champion following his death on Monday.The 40-year-old actor shared a picture of Austrian driver Lauda, who forged a successful career as an airline ent…

Daniel Bruhl, who starred as Niki Lauda in 2013 movie Rush, has paid tribute to the Formula 1 world champion following his death on Monday.

The 40-year-old actor shared a picture of Austrian driver Lauda, who forged a successful career as an airline entrepreneur after his racing days, sitting in the cockpit of a plane on his Instagram page, and wrote: “The bravest man, I’ve ever met, not only because he was an F1 World Champion in the crazy 70’s and had the most incredible comeback in sport’s history, but also because of how he treated people. Always honest, straight forward, blunt. Niki told you the truth in your face, no matter how uncomfortable. He was totally unpretentious and incredibely (sic) funny. I learned a lot from him and deeply admired him. I know how much you enjoyed flying. Race the sky in peace immortal Champ, we’ll miss you. Mach’s gut Niki.”

Lauda took home the Formula 1 World Drivers’ Championship title in 1975 and 1977 for Ferrari and in 1984 for McLaren.

However, his reign at the top was interrupted in 1976 after he had a near-fatal car crash during the German Grand Prix, leaving him with third-degree burns to his head and face. He also inhaled toxic gases which damaged his lungs, but returned to the racing track, still bandaged, just 40 days later.

Rush director Ron Howard, whose film focused on the rivalry between Lauda and British driver James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth), also paid tribute to the late legend.

Alongside a snap of himself posing with the sportsman, Howard wrote: “RIP the Great #NikiLauda. Here’s our last meeting in #MonteCarlo in ‘18 We first met while making the movie Rush. The F1 world knows of his grit & intensely competitive spirit, but that matched w/his keen intelligence & wisdom made him a distinctively remarkable man. a force.”

Lauda, born Andreas Nikolaus Lauda, “passed away peacefully” on Monday, according to a statement released by his family. His passing comes just eight months after he underwent a lung transplant.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson reunites with Matthew Vaughn for Kingsman prequel

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel. The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a preq…

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is teaming up once again with his Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn for the Kingsman prequel.

The Nocturnal Animals actor is reuniting with moviemaker, who he worked on the 2010 superhero comedy, on Kingsman: The Great Game, a prequel to Vaughn’s Kingsman instalments, The Secret Service and The Golden Circle, which were released in 2014 and 2017, respectively.

According to Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper, Taylor-Johnson is part of a star-studded ensemble cast which also includes Gemma Arterton, Ralph Fiennes, Rhys Ifans, and newcomer Harris Dickinson.

The prequel will be set during World War I and explore the origins of the Kingsman organisation. Arterton will play a nanny named Polly, who helps raise Conrad, the son of the Duke of Oxford, with “ruthless efficiency”. Fiennes will play the Duke, while Dickinson will portray his heir Conrad. Reporters at Collider.com also added that Conrad will be a “cocky yet charming young hero” who’s eager to serve his country and fight in World War I, and the film will be more of a period drama than a spy thriller.

Filming is already underway in various locations around the U.K. with a base at Longcross Film Studios near Chertsey in Surrey.

Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye also revealed that the prequel will feature Daniel Bruhl, Charles Dance, Stanley Tucci, Matthew Goode, Djimon Hounsou, Alison Steadman, and Tom Hollander.

The Bird Box actor has been cast in three roles after casting directors unsuccessfully tried to find three similar-looking actors for the parts. Hollander will play King George V, the German Kaiser and the Russian tsar, who are all part of Queen Victoria’s extended family tree.

Kingsman star Taron Egerton will not appear in The Great Game, which is scheduled to be released in November, but is thought to be reprising his character Eggsy in Kingsman 3, which Vaughn is currently developing.

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Toni Garrn tapped to front Hugo Boss’ heritage-inspired collection

Hugo Boss has tapped Toni Garrn to front a new capsule collection inspired by the brand’s heritage.The luxury label has designed a new line called Boss ‘Made in Germany’, a 12-piece capsule for men and women all envisioned and manufactured in the natio…

Hugo Boss has tapped Toni Garrn to front a new capsule collection inspired by the brand’s heritage.

The luxury label has designed a new line called Boss ‘Made in Germany’, a 12-piece capsule for men and women all envisioned and manufactured in the nation.

Chief brand officer Ingo Wilts told WWD that the brand was “proud to be the biggest premium fashion-maker in Germany” and wished to celebrate its origins in the latest limited-edition project.

The collection has been based on Hugo Boss’ signature tailoring and used exclusively developed Italian fabrics to reinvigorate six pieces for men and six for women.

Men’s garments include a checked double-breasted coat, a twill suit, a crewneck sweater and an embossed leather bomber jacket, while women are able to purchase items such as a checked pencil dress, a wool mohair mixed rollneck pullover and a silk bow blouse.

“We also know that whenever we go outside Germany, in France or Asia, for example, they really appreciate (articles) made in Germany,” Wilts added.

He also explained that the collection took some inspiration from the characters played by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway in the 1968 heist movie The Thomas Crown Affair, but insisted that the pieces “fit perfectly well into (the brand’s) overall colour range and sports tailoring direction this season.”

The Made in Germany capsule is hitting select Boss stores worldwide and will go live online from 1 October (18), while being supported by a campaign featuring Garrn as well as Spanish-German actor Daniel Bruhl.

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