Although Adam Driver plays Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari in his new film, he never actually drove the car on the film set.
Ace Driver, 39, appeared at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday alongside director Michael Mann and co-star Patrick Dempsey to promote Ferrarithe actor noted at the press conference for the film that the production “doesn’t allow me to drive cars for insurance reasons.”
Although Dempsey — a real-life motorsport athlete at the peak of his acting career — portrays Ferrari racer Piero Taruffi in the film and got to drive the vehicles during filming, Driver never got behind the wheel of any of the vintage cars in the film.
“Like I said before, making a movie is a miracle and they don’t want me to touch the thing that’s the most expensive part,” Driver said during a press conference. “I don’t drive cars, except in pre-production we raced a Ferrari — obviously, a newer Ferrari, I can’t afford another one. And then at the beginning, I don’t drive that one, it’s on a cart.”
“Again, they don’t trust me with small pieces of equipment. Big pieces of equipment like sandwiches, they’ll let me handle,” joked Driver.
Adam Driver enters the life of Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari in the first trailer for Michael Mann’s new film
Adam Driver at the photocall for the film “Ferrari” at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy.
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Driver is being promoted at the Venice Film Festival Ferrari this week thanks to a temporary agreement between the production and SAG-AFTRA, according to Deadline. While the Screen Actors Guild has been on strike at major Hollywood productions since July 13, a number of independent films have been given the green light to resume filming or allow actors to do promotional work at film festivals this fall.
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During the press conference, Driver stated that he was proud to appear at the festival during the SAG-AFTRA strike to provide “a visual representation of the film that is not part of the AMPTP [Alliance of of Motion Picture and Television Producers] promote the SAG leadership directive, which is an effective tactic, and it is an interim agreement.”
Driver said one of SAG’s goals in providing interim agreements to independent films is to “obviously say ‘why can a smaller distribution company like Neon and STX International meet the dream requirements of what SAG is looking for?’ “
Adam Driver on the red carpet for ‘Ferrari’ at the 80th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2023 in Venice, Italy.
“A big company like Netflix and Amazon can’t [meet these demands]and every time the SAG people go and support a movie that has agreed to these terms, an interim agreement, it just makes it more obvious that those people are willing to support the people they’re working with that others aren’t,” he told reporters.
Driver and Mann’s new film released its first trailer on Wednesday ahead of its world premiere in Venice. The film takes place in 1957 when Enzo Ferrari (the driver) is “in crisis”, according to the film’s official synopsis.
“Bankruptcy looms over the company he and his wife Laura built from nothing 10 years ago. Their unstable marriage was shattered by the loss of their son Dino a year earlier,” reads the synopsis. “Ferrari struggles to acknowledge his son Piero with Lina Mardi. Meanwhile, his drivers’ passion for victory pushes them to the brink as they embark on a dangerous 1,000-mile race across Italy, the Mille Miglia.”
Ferrari is in theaters this Christmas.