The Hollywood landscape, marked by towering figures and much-anticipated projects, finds itself under an unexpected disruption due to a strike orchestrated by the Screen Actors Guild. Discontentment over matters relating to pay and residuals has led to an upheaval impacting an array of movies, including ones starring some of the biggest names in the industry.
Among these celebrities is Brad Pitt, who is rumored to be offering his support to the cause. Contrary to previous reports suggesting a halt in the production of the new F1-themed movie pending the strike’s resolution, work continues even in Pitt’s absence.
Despite the absence of its headline star, production for the upcoming Apple movie continues unabated in the F1 paddock. The circumstances present an opportunity to capture track action and paddock footage, devoid of the main protagonists.
Coinciding with the Hungarian Grand Prix‘s nerve-wracking buildup, the pitlane is again inhabited by the fictional Apex team’s garage, the team for which Pitt, starring in the movie, is the designated driver.
Exciting plans are underway at the Hungaroring, including high-speed action captured with modified F2 cars. These vehicles made a distinctive debut at the British Grand Prix. The Hungarian Grand Prix is also expected to witness shoots featuring Apex pit stops, reactions in parc ferme, and grid activities.
Brad Pitt, celebrated actor and recent addition to the F1 sphere, plays Sonny Hayes, a former F1 driver who returns to the circuit after a long hiatus triggered by an accident. Talking about the role, he expressed utter admiration for professional drivers and the unanticipated rigors of the sport to Sky at the British Grand Prix.
Pitt expressed his newfound respect and admiration for racing drivers, stating: “I’ve got to tell you, as a civilian, I had no idea what it takes to be a driver and the aggression and dexterity.” Revealing an overwhelming respect for the athletes across categories, he quipped: “I’m going to be here till they kick me out. Because I’m loving it. I think it’s every guy’s dream.”
Deepening his character’s backstory, he envisioned Sonny Hayes as a man who would have taken on challenges beyond F1, such as Le Mans and Daytona. Drawing on his character’s narrative, he expressed gratitude, exclaiming: “Again, I have so much respect what you guys do, and I’ve been enjoying your stuff for years. So thank you! It’s really great to be here.”