Christian Bale knew nothing about Ken Miles before filming Ford v Ferrari

Christian Bale knew nothing about “unsung hero” Ken Miles before portraying the late British motorsports icon.The Oscar-winning actor played the racing driver in last year’s Ford v Ferrari, which focused on the events of the infamous Le Mans 24-hour ra…

Christian Bale knew nothing about “unsung hero” Ken Miles before portraying the late British motorsports icon.

The Oscar-winning actor played the racing driver in last year’s Ford v Ferrari, which focused on the events of the infamous Le Mans 24-hour race in 1966.

And Bale revealed that he had no idea who Miles was before he signed on to play the sports legend, who was tragically killed in a test car accident just two months after the car race in France.

“I knew nothing about him, and I think I’m probably in the same boat as most people on that. He’s very much an unsung hero of motor-racing,” Bale told Yahoo! Entertainment, noting that Miles also served in the military before his racing career.

“Then he became an absolute, pure, racer’s racer, very strong-minded, incredibly passionate about what he did. Within the motor-racing circuit, you hear many stories about him, about that race in ’66, but they were all new to me,” he explained.

The Dark Knight star is glad that he was able to help bring Miles’ story into the spotlight, but suspected that the icon would’ve been happy with the respect he earned in the racing world.

“I also don’t think that this was a man who was doing it for the fame. I think that’s what made him so admired by the racers – that he did it just for that purity,” Bale shared. “I think he would have been very happy being a man that the people in the racing world know who he is. So, I suspect that he felt that he got recognition. In my mind, I never would have viewed him as somebody who was longing for anything more.”

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Christian Bale: ‘Matt Damon would make a really good director’

Christian Bale thinks his co-star Matt Damon would make a “really good” director.In action drama Ford v Ferrari, the Oscar-winning actor plays racing legend Ken Miles, who works alongside Damon’s automobile designer Carroll Shelby to create a Ford car …

Christian Bale thinks his co-star Matt Damon would make a “really good” director.

In action drama Ford v Ferrari, the Oscar-winning actor plays racing legend Ken Miles, who works alongside Damon’s automobile designer Carroll Shelby to create a Ford car to beat Ferrari’s at the legendary 24-hour Le Mans race.

In an interview with Yahoo to promote the home entertainment release of the movie, also known as Le Mans ’66, Bale described his co-star as a “multi-talented” actor and praised his knowledge of filmmaking.

“Matt is a great actor. And he’s also got such a great understanding of the cameras, the lenses. He has a totally different approach to me. Probably a more comprehensive and intelligent approach. I think he’ll make a really good director at some point,” the 46-year-old said.

Despite the duo having different approaches to how they play their roles onscreen, Bale is full of respect for his fellow actor and acknowledged that their work ethic was similar to their Ford v Ferrari characters.

“Our approach to acting is sort of similar to the differences between our characters as well. Shelby is one hell of a racer, but is more strategic and understanding of the bigger picture, versus Miles, who’s just sort of doing his thing and often burning bridges and creating scorched earth because that’s the only way he knows how to do it,” the Batman Begins star explained. “This acting thing is the only thing I know how to do, though many would argue that point, whereas Matt is multi-talented.”

Damon has served as a producer on numerous movies and shares a Best Original Screenplay Oscar with Ben Affleck for writing 1997 drama Good Will Hunting.

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James Mangold in talks to replace Steven Spielberg as director of Indiana Jones 5

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to take over directing duties from Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5.The 73-year-old filmmaker is handing over the reigns to another director for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, but will s…

James Mangold is reportedly in early talks to take over directing duties from Steven Spielberg on Indiana Jones 5.

The 73-year-old filmmaker is handing over the reigns to another director for the first time in the franchise’s 39-year history, but will still remain on the upcoming project as a hands-on producer, according to editors at Variety.

Two-time Oscar nominee Mangold, who recently helmed Ford v Ferrari starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale, has yet to comment on the report.

After a long development process to get the fifth Indiana Jones movie off the ground, Spielberg was reportedly keen to hand the reigns of the much-loved action saga to a new generation of filmmakers, a source close to the director told the outlet.

Reports that a fifth movie was in the works have been swirling since 2016, when Disney announced that the movie would be released in 2019. However, various issues delayed the project, prompting the studio to set a new release date of July 2021.

Harrison Ford, who will be reprising his role as the whip-cracking archaeology professor-turned-adventurer, confirmed earlier this month that filming would finally begin in April or May.

“I’m gonna start doing Indiana Jones in about two months. I’m always delighted to come back to these characters,” he told CBS Sunday Morning.

It’s a busy year for Mangold, who is already attached to two direct two big projects, including the Bob Dylan biopic starring Timothee Chalamet, and an adaptation of Don Winslow’s novel The Force, with leading man Matt Damon.

Spielberg, who has directed every Indiana Jones movie from Raiders of the Lost Ark in 1981 to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in 2008, is currently in post-production on the remake of classic musical West Side Story.

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Matt Damon and James Mangold to reunite for The Force adaptation

Matt Damon is teaming up with director James Mangold once again on cop drama The Force. The Bourne Identity star recently worked with the Logan filmmaker on 2019 racing drama Ford v Ferrari, which is currently nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and…

Matt Damon is teaming up with director James Mangold once again on cop drama The Force.

The Bourne Identity star recently worked with the Logan filmmaker on 2019 racing drama Ford v Ferrari, which is currently nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, and they have already lined up their next collaboration.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to feature in an adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 crime novel, The Force, which Mangold has been developing to direct for the recently renamed 20th Century Studios.

The actor will reportedly play NYPD detective Denny Malone, a cop who gets caught up in a corruption scandal. He is under siege from all sides – from members of the mob, who have him in their pocket, and federal investigators, who want to put him behind bars – and is faced with a bargain that will require him to testify against his loyal but dirty team. Damon previously played a corrupt cop in Martin Scorsese’s 2006 drama The Departed.

The first draft of the screenplay was written by famed playwright David Mamet, but Mangold has been working on a rewrite with Scott Frank, who he previously collaborated with on Logan. Gladiator director Ridley Scott will produce via his Scott Free banner.

The Force is the second project Mangold is currently developing – he is also working on a Bob Dylan biopic set to star Little Women’s Timothee Chalamet. The film, which is thought to be titled Going Electric, will chronicle the period in the 1960s in which Dylan shocked fans by switching from an acoustic to an electric guitar, thus moving from a folk to a more rock n roll sound.

Damon has recently wrapped filming on Stillwater, about a man whose daughter has been arrested for murder in France, and is gearing up to film Scott’s medieval epic The Last Duel.

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Joker leads 2020 Oscar nominations

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for…

Joker has led the nominations for the 92nd annual Academy Awards with a total of 11 nods.

The box office hit, which focuses on the origin story of the DC Comics villain, landed nominations on Tuesday for categories including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director for Todd Phillips, and Best Adapted Screenplay, plus a host of technical categories such as Best Cinematography.

The Irishman, 1917, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood each follows with 10 nods, and will face-off against Ford v Ferrari/Le Mans ’66, Jojo Rabbit, Little Women, Marriage Story, and Parasite for Best Picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio scored a Best Actor nomination for his performance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with co-star Brad Pitt recognised in the Best Supporting Actor list and director Quentin Tarantino honoured with a Best Director nod.

The Irishman stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci each landed a Best Supporting Actor nomination, with Martin Scorsese also appearing in the Best Director category.

Elsewhere, Harriet’s Cynthia Erivo, Marriage Story’s Scarlett Johansson, Little Women’s Saoirse Ronan, Bombshell’s Charlize Theron, and Judy’s Renee Zellweger make up the Best Actress category.

Despite being tipped for Oscar success, Jennifer Lopez missed out on a nod in the Best Supporting Actress list for her acclaimed performance as stripper Ramona in Hustlers.

Instead, Richard Jewell’s Kathy Bates, Marriage Story’s Laura Dern, Jojo Rabbit’s Johansson, Little Women’s Florence Pugh, and Bombshell’s Margot Robbie will be competing for the prize.

Tom Hanks landed his first Oscar nod in almost 20 years in the Best Supporting Actor category for his role as children’s TV favourite Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, with The Two Popes’ Anthony Hopkins completing the category.

The 92nd Academy Awards will take place on 9 February at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

Best Picture:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Ford v Ferrari

Best Director:

Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

Sam Mendes – 1917

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Todd Phillips – Joker

Leading Actress:

Cynthia Erivo – Harriet

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellweger – Judy

Leading Actor:

Antonio Banderas – Pain and Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Supporting Actress:

Kathy Bates – Richard Jewell

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Scarlett Johansson – Jojo Rabbit

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Margot Robbie – Bombshell

Supporting Actor:

Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes

Joe Pesci – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Adapted Screenplay:

The Irishman – Steven Zaillian

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi

Joker – Todd Phillips and Scott Silver

Little Women – Greta Gerwig

The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

Original Screenplay:

Knives Out – Rian Johnson

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

Parasite – Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won

1917 – Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns

International Feature:

Corpus Christi

Les Miserables

Pain and Glory

Parasite

Honeyland

Documentary Feature:

American Factory

The Cave

For Sama

Honeyland

The Edge of Democracy

Animated Feature:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

I Lost My Body

Missing Link

Klaus

Toy Story 4

Original Score:

1917 – Thomas Newman

Joker – Hildur Gudnadottir

Little Women – Alexandre Desplat

Marriage Story – Randy Newman

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

Original Song:

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away – Toy Story 4

I’m Standing With You – Breakthrough

(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again – Rocketman

Into the Unknown – Frozen 2

Stand Up – Harriet

Cinematography:

1917 – Roger Deakins

The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto

Joker – Lawrence Sher

The Lighthouse – Jarin Blaschke

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Robert Richardson

Film Editing:

Ford v Ferrari

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Parasite

Production Design:

1917

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Parasite

Costume Design:

The Irishman

Jojo Rabbit

Joker

Little Women

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Makeup and Hairstyling

Bombshell

Joker

Maleficent: Mistress of Evil

Judy

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Sound Editing:

1917

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Sound Mixing:

Ad Astra

Ford v Ferrari

Joker

1917

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Visual Effects:

1917

Avengers: Endgame

The Irishman

The Lion King

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Animated Short:

Dcera (Daughter)

Hair Love

Kitbull

Memorable

Sister

Documentary short:

In the Absence

Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)

Life Overtakes Me

St. Louis Superman

Walk Run Cha-Cha

Live Action Short:

Saria

A Sister

Brotherhood

Nefta Football Club

The Neighbors’ Window

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Matt Damon wanted to capture thrill of race car driving in Ford v Ferrari

Matt Damon was determined to capture the excitement of race car driving in Ford v Ferrari.In the upcoming film, titled Le Mans ’66 in the U.K. and other territories, the actor plays Carroll Shelby, an automotive visionary, who alongside his British dri…

Matt Damon was determined to capture the excitement of race car driving in Ford v Ferrari.

In the upcoming film, titled Le Mans ’66 in the U.K. and other territories, the actor plays Carroll Shelby, an automotive visionary, who alongside his British driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale), builds the Ford GT40 and competes against the Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

Discussing the project during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, Damon explained that it was important to himself and director James Mangold to express the thrill of the sport.

“It’s indescribable… You have to feel it to understand,” he said. “And I think in (Ford v Ferrari), we try to give you that feeling … to feel like you are in those cars going at those speeds, it’s really, really exciting.”

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car endurance race and has been held annually since 1923. And while the competition continues each year, the vehicles used now are much safer compared to the cars driven back in the ’60s.

“It’s about their friendship and this crazy thing they tried to do in beating Ferrari in 1966,” the 49-year-old shared of the plot. “It’s a 24-hour race that still goes on every year, but it’s not on a racetrack, it’s on country roads that aren’t built to be raced on. So, it’s this incredible test of endurance. Two drivers man one car and they take turns and Ferrari was just dominant. But it was incredibly dangerous. At this time in 1966, the weakest part of the whole car was the brakes. So, these guys would be going 230 miles an hour (370 kilometres per hour) … not knowing if they could stop. And a lot of people died doing this.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Damon spoke about his experience at the Indianapolis 500 race earlier this year where he was invited to take a lap with 79-year-old race car legend Mario Andretti.

“I was like, ‘Yep, absolutely,'” he exclaimed. “I wouldn’t do it with anyone else.”

Ford v Ferrari hits cinemas from 13 November.

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Christian Bale needed to lose weight to fit into Ferrari cars for new movie

Christian Bale was forced to lose weight for his new movie Le Mans ’66 because he couldn’t fit into the racing cars.The 45-year-old landed the role of champion racer Ken Miles in the new historical drama – called Ford v Ferrari in the U.S. – which focu…

Christian Bale was forced to lose weight for his new movie Le Mans ’66 because he couldn’t fit into the racing cars.

The 45-year-old landed the role of champion racer Ken Miles in the new historical drama – called Ford v Ferrari in the U.S. – which focuses on the true story of the battle between the two car firms during the 24-hour race in 1966.

However, Bale began filming after gaining more than 40 pounds to play former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney for last year’s Vice, and knew he had to shed serious weight to fit into the small sports cars.

“I had to get in the car,” Bale told Variety. “I could not b**ody… these things are not made for comfort, these cars. They’re tight. So, I couldn’t b**ody get in them. That would have been a whole different film.”

The Oscar-winning actor also revealed that playing the racing driver, who died just two months after taking part in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, was great fun.

“He was an easy character to channel intensity into, but a great deal of fun as well. He was a guy who really enjoyed his life. He loved what he did. That’s why he was so passionate and despised the bureaucrats who would come along and spoil all the fun, basically. He just thought there was no room for them in racing,” he shared.

Le Mans ’66, which also stars Matt Damon as racing car mechanic Carroll Shelby, is released in cinemas from 13 November.

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