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Max Verstappen has insisted that he won’t be watching the upcoming Formula One film starring Brad Pitt as he doesn’t “need to see a film of my own sport.” The three-time World Champion claimed that while he appreciates Pitt as an actor, the film is of little interest to him.
While little is known about the Formula 1-based film, it is something that has caused a stir at races this season. Film crews and actors have been spotted at several Grand Prix events throughout the year, including sightings of people wearing APX GP branded clothing – the fictional team that will feature in the film – at the British, Hungarian and US Grands Prix.
The film will feature Pitt, Damson Idris and Javier Bardem as the main actors, with Lewis Hamilton listed as a producer. The movie was due to be released in the not-so-distant future but the writers’ and actors union strikes in Hollywood have set plans back.
While fans will be eager to witness the film and learn more about its plot, not everyone involved in the sport will be keeping an eye out for a release date.
Verstappen revealed that he is a fan of Pitt’s films, but insisted that it’s unlikely that he will watch the upcoming blockbuster.
“Yes, so many. Ocean’s Eleven, Ocean’s Twelve and so on, those roles stick with me,” Verstappen told Formule1.nl. ” like movies anyway and Brad Pitt is of course a super actor. I saw a few clips of the new film before the American Grand Prix in Austin.
“These were shown during the Drivers Meeting with an explanation of how they had filmed it all. It’s nice to see, that’s for sure, but it doesn’t really interest me that much. I don’t need to see a film of my own sport.
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“This film is of course a made-up story and everything is always over-dramatized, you have to love that. I personally don’t have much of an issue with that.”
Verstappen was then asked about his own acting skills while in the paddock, to which he added: “I don’t think that’s really acting. It’s just the world you live in, that’s just how it works. It’s more playing every now and then.
“I’d rather not do that, of course, but it is part of the political game in Formula 1 and many other sports. Over the years I have become a little more adept at what I say and what I don’t say. But in general I am mainly myself and certainly not an actor.”
Lewis Hamilton previously hinted that the film is set to be released in “early 2025” meaning that Verstappen still has plenty of time to change his mind. Earlier in the year, Pitt was also asked about the film during a conversation with Sky Sports’ F1 pundit Martin Brundle.
“A guy who raced in the 1990s…who has a horrible crash, craps out and disappears, then he’s racing in other disciplines,” said Pitt regarding the film’s plot. “His friend, played by Javier Bardem, he’s a team owner, contacts him.
“They’re a last place team, they’re 21-22 on the grid, they’ve never scored a point. But they have a young phenom, played by Damson Idris, and they bring me in as kind of a Hail Mary and hijinks ensue. Tell you what’s amazing about it — there are cameras mounted all over the car — you’ve never seen speed, you’ve never seen just the G-forces like this. It’s really, really exciting.”
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