One of my favorite movies of 2019 is director James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari. Not only is the true-story racing drama incredibly well made, it’s loaded with fantastic performances from every single cast member. Trust me, if you want to see a brilliant piece of filmmaking, look no further than Ford v Ferrari. For more on the film, you can read Adam Chitwood’s glowing review.
If you haven’t seen the trailer, Ford v Ferrari is set against the backdrop of 1966’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France and follows maverick American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon), who is challenged by Henry Ford II (Tracy Letts) and Lee Iacocca (Jon Bernthal) to build a revolutionary car that would allow Ford to challenge Ferrari. Christian Bale plays fearless yet dangerous British racer Ken Miles, who gets behind the wheel of the new Ford racing vehicle. The film also stars Caitriona Balfe, Josh Lucas, and Noah Jupe.
Shortly after seeing the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, I got to sit down with Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Noah Jupe and Josh Lucas at the Collider studio for an extended interview. During the wide-ranging conversation they talked about making the movie, what it was like reading the script for the first time, how they prepared for their roles, if they have any pre-shooting rituals, how they like to work on set, and share some great stories.
Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.
We also need to send a big thank you to our presenting sponsor Nordstrom Canada and supporting partners Marriott Bonvoy and Ciroc Vodka for supporting the Collider Lounge at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival and helping to make these interviews happen.
Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Noah Jupe and Josh Lucas:
- What was it like reading the script for the first time?
- How did they prepare for their roles?
- How the film is led by two great actors.
- Can they watch themselves on screen?
- Do any of them have pre-shooting rituals?
- Josh Lucas shares a great Willem Dafoe story.
- Did they mess up any takes?
- Do they feel good on the first take or do they like a few to warm up?
- Josh Lucas tells a great James Mangold story.