Before You See “Ford v. Ferrari,” Watch This Doc About the Race on YouTube
“This Time Tomorrow” follows the ‘66 Le Mans, on which the movie is based
After his signature weight-fluctuating turn as Dick Cheney, Christian Bale is back in his regular body (and British accent) to play Ken Miles in Ford v. Ferrari, a new film based on the events leading to the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race. Joining him for the ride is Matt Damon as Carroll Shelby.
The first full-length trailer debuted on Monday. Give it a watch:
Screeching tires! Sucker punches! Way, way overused songs! Henry Ford II crying! This is one of the greatest moments in racing history, and we’re lucky to have a worthy team to bring it to the big screen.
Wait, are you not familiar with the tale? With the response to the trailer, you’d think everyone grew up listening to their dads tell them bedtime stories about the GT40. But this narrative, in all honesty, is niche in the grand scheme of things. You don’t need to pretend to know about the super team assembled to take down Ferrari. Hell, you don’t even need to know what Le Mans is. That’s partly why they’re making this movie, after all. (The other reason being to make money.)
That said, you’re going to have a much better time in the theater if you don’t go in cold, which is why you should watch the 27-minute documentary about the race, This Time Tomorrow. It was made by Ford, features narration from Miles, Shelby and others (Bruce McLaren, anyone?), and, best of all, is available on YouTube.
Ford v Ferrari doesn’t premiere until November 15th, so you’ve got five months to finish it and educate yourself.