Actors Christian Bale and Matt Damon say they have renewed respect for race car drivers after filming "Ford v Ferrari," based on the true story of the battle between car manufacturers in Le Mans in 1966.
The film, shown on Monday 9-S at the Toronto Film Festival, chronicles the commitment of Ford Motor Co to build a race car to beat Ferrari at Le Mans, a race that dominated for years.
Furious in his attempts to buy Ferrari, and his race car design by creator Enzo Ferrari, Henry Ford II decides to build his own car and hires the American engineer Carroll Shelby (Damon).
The team hires British driver Ken Miles (Bale) to drive the Ford GT40, and in just 90 days the two companies meet at Le Mans, the oldest and most challenging endurance race.
"The brakes were the weakest part of the car at the time," Damon told Reuters Television on the red carpet. “So what these guys were doing was crazy, going 230 miles per hour and not knowing if they were going to be able to stop the car or not. You must be a person of a special race to do that, ”he added.
Bale said his enthusiasm behind the wheel "completely exceeded my ability."
"I had to go and be on the track with some of the best runners in the world," he said. "But I would never dare to assume that I could compete with these absolute gods of the races we had on the set," he added.
The film goes beyond greed for speed and addresses the conflicting personalities of Miles and Shelby, as well as the clashes caused by corporate interference in the project.