Adam Driver has some strong feelings about the crash scenes in his new film, Ferrari. Recently there was a Q&A session after a screening at Poland’s Camerimage Film Festival. “What do you think about the crash scenes?” Driver was asked. “They looked pretty harsh, drastic and, I must say, cheesy for me. What do you think?” Driver paused for a moment before replying with: “Fuck you, I don’t know. Next question.”
Adam Driver reacts to someone asking about & criticizing the crash scenes in ‘FERRARI’ as “pretty harsh, drastic and cheesy.”
“Fuck you, I don’t know?” pic.twitter.com/MtmehVa6D3
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) November 12, 2023
Obviously, Driver does not agree with the assessment of the crash scenes. He has a lot invested in this film. In addition to being one of the executive producers, Driver stars as automotive icon Enzo Ferrari. The film is directed by four-time Academy Award nominee Michael Mann.
More to the point, Driver is acting in the film, not orchestrating the stunt work, not managing the post production. The question wasn't about Driver's work portraying Enzo Ferrari. It's not really his to answer. Not his department.
The film is set in the summer of 1957. It is a particularly tumultuous time for Enzo Ferrari. His company is in crisis, his son Dino passed away within the past year and his marriage is on the ropes. It is enough to push any man to the brink. The blunt response Driver provides to the audience member is not unlike what you would expect to hear from Enzo if someone were to question his work.
Earlier this year the movie was nominated for a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and after a screening Driver was showered with a 6-minute standing ovation. Coming off that type of reaction he was probably not expecting to be called out for producing cheesy crash scenes.
Ferrari is scheduled to open in the United States on December 25. Then we can all decide for ourselves if Driver was justified in his response.
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