LONDON – With a new film in cinemas – the Formula 1 racing thriller Rush – I jumped at the chance to sit down with the Angels and Demons director Ron Howard to discuss this project and his career.
Little did I know that he was on a strict color coordinated diet and worse yet today was a blue day.
So Richie, what first attracted you to Formula 1 as a subject for a film?
I suppose it was simply reading Peter Morgan’s wonderful script. You see we’d worked already on Frost/Nixon and… wait a second.
Did you just call me Richie?
Okay. I think … where was I? Oh yeah, the script was really good so I latched onto that.
When you were directing the actors did you have any difficulties?
No, not at all both Daniel Bruhl and Chris Hemsworth are very talented actors. And extremely professional, though I am sorry to hear that Chris and Miley Cyrus have split up.
I heard that Daniel at one point during the driver’s meeting scene refused to sit on a stool and you had to tell him ‘to sit on it’.
I don’t remember that incident specifically. As I say, there are times a director has to put his foot … oh wait I see what you’re doing.
I heard the schedule was very tight. What was the typical week?
Erm… Well, it was tight as a matter of fact. It was a lot of shooting and a lot of hard work. We’d start Monday…
Tuesday Happy Days!
Oh this is bullshit. I came here to do an interview. And you’re just trying to make a bunch of lame Richie Cunningham references.
Best work you did Richie.
I made Cinderella Man, Goddam it! And Apollo 13 and Far and Away. The Da Vinci Code… You know now that you think about it Happy Days was a lot of fun. Okay fair enough. Ask away.
Well, actually that’s all we have time for and these Gorgonzola cornflakes are beginning to repeat.
No come back, seriously. I can tell you what Henry Winkler’s really like. And I got a hilarious story about the time Potsie potsied Joanie. Hey…